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With 3D-Printed Bacteria, This Bionic Mushroom Turns Light Into Electricity

With 3D-Printed Bacteria, This Bionic Mushroom Turns Light Into Electricity

Written by David

November 7, 2018

The bionic mushroom created by the researchers. “Power mushrooms” sounds like something out of Super Mario , but a lab in New Jersey has made them a reality. Hoping to create a new source of renewable energy (and to test out some ideas), a team at the Stevens Institute of Technology engineered a symbiotic relationship between the common button mushroom , some cyanobacteria and a few electrodes made of “graphene nanoribbons” (GNRs) — basically really thin layers of electrically conductive carbon atoms. As a paper in Nano Letters makes clear, the results were a success and the researchers created a living mushroom that can turn light into harvest-able electricity. As a certain mustachioed plumber might say: “Yahoo!” Mushroom Magic To achieve their fungal feat, which the team insists on calling a bionic mushroom (guess they never had a Nintendo growing up), they turned to the near-magic technology of 3-D […]

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