Ground Up Jellyfish Key To Nano Power Cells

October 7, 2010


Mmmm, liquefied jellyfish. I use it instead of jam on my sandwiches. It's tingly in my mouth. And now it's a key ingredient in developing nano-scale power cells. Don't tell PETA, they'll throw a fish!

Scientists say by liquidizing the humble Aequorea victoria -- a glow-in-the-dark jellyfish commonly found off the western coast of North America -- they can use the green fluorescent protein (GFP) it contains to create miniature fuel cells.

These, say their creators, could be used to power microscopic "nanodevices" that could operate independently inside the human body, helping reverse blindness or fight tumors.

In Chiragwandi's "biophotovoltaic nanodevice," electrons flow through a circuit when light hits the green fluorescent protein. He says this generates a current measuring "tens of nano amperes."

Oh shit, oh shit, here comes the happy ending. Wait for it -- wait for it...

Thanks to modern breakthroughs allowing scientists to grow their own green fluorescent protein using bacteria -- the unsuspecting sea creatures are no longer on the milkshake menu.

BOOYA, no more ground up jellyfish! "But uh, but I didn't have a problem with the ground up jellyfish". YEAH WELL I DIDN'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH YOUR FACE UNTIL YOU STARTED TALKING. At least I didn't vocalize it. NOW LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

'Jellyfish' smoothies offer solar solutions [cnn]

Thanks to Vince Lombardi, who once blended a shark he caught with his bare hands and then sent the video to that 'Will It Blend?' guy and called him a pussy.

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