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Power from blood could lead to 'human batteries'
The Sydney Morning Herald. ^ | August 4 2003

Posted on 08/03/2003 11:10:36 AM PDT by yonif

A device that produces electricity from blood could be used to turn people into "human batteries".

Researchers in Japan are developing a method of drawing power from blood glucose, mimicking the way the body generates energy from food.

Theoretically, it could allow a person to pump out 100 watts - enough to illuminate a light bulb.

But that would entail converting all the food eaten by the individual into electricity. In practice, less power would be generated since food is needed by the body.

However the scientists say the "bio-nano" generator could be used to run devices embedded in the body, or sugar-fed robots.

The team at electronics giant Panasonic's Nanotechnology Research Laboratory near Kyoto has so far only managed to produce very low power levels.

But the scientists ultimately expect to gain much greater performance from the device.

The battery is based on an enzyme capable of stripping glucose of its electrons, The Engineer magazine reported.

Dr Kazuo Eda, heading the research, said: "It is like the metabolism of food. Human bodies can process glucose and obtain energy. When glucose is oxidised, electrons can be obtained."

He believed bio-nano fuel cells were the next step for researchers after generators powered by hydrogen, natural gas and methanol now being developed for the car and energy industries.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Japan; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: batteries; blood; japan; power

1 posted on 08/03/2003 11:10:36 AM PDT by yonif
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To: yonif
"No Blood for Blood!"
2 posted on 08/03/2003 11:12:22 AM PDT by Semper Paratus
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To: yonif
With this news and my "Restless Leg Syndrome", I'll be able to power up my pc at no cost from the electric company! :-)
3 posted on 08/03/2003 11:13:40 AM PDT by b4its2late (What happens if you get scared half to death twice?)
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To: b4its2late
The spoon does not exist after all.
4 posted on 08/03/2003 11:17:21 AM PDT by warpsmith
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To: yonif
Matrix anyone?
5 posted on 08/03/2003 11:19:51 AM PDT by 11B3 (We cannot rest until the Left is destroyed. Then we'll have Liberty.)
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To: yonif

6 posted on 08/03/2003 11:21:17 AM PDT by Grig
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To: b4its2late
Hey does this mean we can pork out on all the buttered popcorn, french American fries and greasy tacos all we want as long as we keep the ol' beanie propeller spinning?

I left out cases of beer didn't I. my bad

7 posted on 08/03/2003 11:21:24 AM PDT by ALS (http://designeduniverse.com Featuring original works by FR's finest . contact me to add yours!)
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To: warpsmith
[I]...bio-nano fuel cells were the next step...[/I]

Nano nano, Neo.
8 posted on 08/03/2003 11:22:42 AM PDT by lonevoice
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To: yonif
This will become the new weight loss fad.
9 posted on 08/03/2003 11:27:04 AM PDT by max_rpf
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To: lonevoice
Now how am I going to eat, read and hold a lightbulb at the same time??
10 posted on 08/03/2003 11:28:14 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: Sacajaweau
Easy. You hold the lightbulb in your mouth. Didn't you ever see Uncle Fester from the old Adams Family TV show? Anyone have a picture handy?
11 posted on 08/03/2003 11:29:32 AM PDT by Elliott Jackalope (Formerly Billy_bob_bob)
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To: Sacajaweau
Although that might make eating a tad difficult. Milk shakes through a straw perhaps?
12 posted on 08/03/2003 11:30:26 AM PDT by Elliott Jackalope (Formerly Billy_bob_bob)
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To: yonif
If we held hands, would we be in series or in parallel?

Seriesly.

13 posted on 08/03/2003 11:34:18 AM PDT by robertpaulsen
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To: yonif
I wonder if it would help diabetics? You would lose wieght as well.
14 posted on 08/03/2003 11:36:53 AM PDT by big bad easter bunny
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To: yonif
Research on this will be banned in the U.S. under the Americans with Disabilites Act since hemophiliacs cannot power their laptops, cell phones or PDAs with this technology.
15 posted on 08/03/2003 11:44:27 AM PDT by Boss_Jim_Gettys (Reading tag lines will make you go blind.)
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To: Elliott Gigantalope

16 posted on 08/03/2003 11:45:40 AM PDT by DryFly
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To: robertpaulsen
Sounds like we have the answer to the energy crisis.
17 posted on 08/03/2003 11:46:03 AM PDT by Cobra64 (Babes should wear Bullet Bras - www.BulletBras.net)
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To: sourcery; Ernest_at_the_Beach
ping
18 posted on 08/03/2003 11:46:38 AM PDT by Libertarianize the GOP (Ideas have consequences)
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To: DryFly
Thanks! Animated and everything! Great pic. I owe you one.
19 posted on 08/03/2003 11:48:22 AM PDT by Elliott Jackalope (Formerly Billy_bob_bob)
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To: b4its2late
A new meaning for the term "He ain't too bright?"
20 posted on 08/03/2003 11:58:42 AM PDT by dvan
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To: yonif
WE ARE THE BORG.

RESISTANCE IS FUTILE.

21 posted on 08/03/2003 12:07:48 PM PDT by Free Vulcan
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To: Libertarianize the GOP
OK, but I still think the idea of humans as batteries needed by "the machines" (the basic premise of The Matrix) is ridiculous. It would take far more energy per human to operate the "battery farm" than would be harvestable from each human battery unit.

But I liked the movie anyway.
22 posted on 08/03/2003 12:09:18 PM PDT by sourcery (The Evil Party thinks their opponents are stupid. The Stupid Party thinks their opponents are evil.)
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To: Semper Paratus
"No Blood for Blood!"

Try: "No oil for Blood!"

23 posted on 08/03/2003 12:10:47 PM PDT by sourcery (The Evil Party thinks their opponents are stupid. The Stupid Party thinks their opponents are evil.)
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To: yonif
Light bulbs? I'm sure diabetics could use help and wouldn't care if a bulb was lit or not.
24 posted on 08/03/2003 12:11:19 PM PDT by AndrewC
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To: big bad easter bunny
I'm sorry, I didn't read your post before I commented. We think alike.
25 posted on 08/03/2003 12:13:07 PM PDT by AndrewC
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To: yonif
"...There are fields, endless fields, where human beings are no longer born. We are grown. For the longest time, I wouldn't believe it, then I saw the fields with my own eyes. Watched them liquify the dead and introveniously to the living..." -Morpheus

"...Whoa..." -Neo
26 posted on 08/03/2003 12:15:25 PM PDT by MayDay72 ("...I'll show you how deep the rabbit hole goes...")
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To: yonif
Finally, a possibility of a good use for liberals!
27 posted on 08/03/2003 12:16:46 PM PDT by Aarchaeus
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To: yonif
Sounds like this could be used to regulate blood sugar for diabetics.
28 posted on 08/03/2003 12:24:21 PM PDT by disclaimer
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To: yonif
WOW, this is totally cool!! I can pig out big time, loose weight and sell the excess energy to the electric company. Where do I sign up?
29 posted on 08/03/2003 3:12:40 PM PDT by upchuck (Tommy Dasshole isn't "saddened." He's just... sad.)
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To: max_rpf
"This will become the new weight loss fad."

Think of the money it will churn for the PT Barnums...

...until is causes an upswing of insulin problems.
30 posted on 08/03/2003 6:17:55 PM PDT by Domestic Church (AMDG...)
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To: yonif
Cool. Wonder if they can make a pacemaker powered off of this? Or, some new types of implants, for that matter?
31 posted on 08/03/2003 7:52:48 PM PDT by adx (Will produce tag lines for beer)
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To: yonif
A device that produces electricity from blood could be used to turn people into "human batteries". I guess the matrix is not so far fetched...
32 posted on 08/03/2003 11:27:21 PM PDT by weikel (YVAN EHT NIOJ)
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To: yonif; Sir Gawain; Xenalyte
Unfortunately no one can be told what the matrix is.
33 posted on 08/03/2003 11:30:12 PM PDT by weikel (YVAN EHT NIOJ)
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To: weikel
There is no spoon.
34 posted on 08/04/2003 5:40:19 AM PDT by Xenalyte (I may not agree with your bumper sticker, but I'll defend to the death your right to stick it)
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