Army kills bacteria electrified uranium, Captain Planet gives a run for its money

Some kind of hairy bacteria may simply be the answer to clean up radioactive spills. Scientists at the University of Southern California found that in certain circumstances, Geobacter sulfurreducens could make metals such as less soluble uranium – essentially turning the hard metal droplets rather than being absorbed. The researchers found that lowering the temperature of the bacteria, it caused the hair-like pili extend, which enveloped the uranium-poison and, ultimately, reduced by the electron transfer at long range. The breakthrough could help deplete the sources of uranium or other radioactive isotopes which bacteria can not normally survive – like the nuclear power plant in Fukushima in Japan that devastated earlier this year. Scientists believe they have only scratched the surface of this development and we are optimistic about the future of bacteria electromicrobiology, we can only guess grown in popularity after the 80s classic on the air (video after the pause).




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