Can Bacteria Live Off Electricity?


Scientists have discovered bacteria making electricity out of thin air. Could this mean a greener future for energy?

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Meet the electric life forms that live on pure energy

“Stick an electrode in the ground, pump electrons down it, and they will come: living cells that eat electricity. We have known bacteria to survive on a variety of energy sources, but none as weird as this.”

Bacteria use electric wires to shock uranium out of groundwater

“Uranium, freed from the earth and destined for nuclear weapons, now contaminates the groundwater beneath several Colorado mines. But at some of these mines, a most unusual clean-up crew is at work. Lashing about with long electric cables connected to their own bodies, they remove dissolved uranium from the water.”

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