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 - Apr 5, 2009
References: newscientist
New awesome and creepy chemistry research out of University of British Columbia in Vancouver is changing the way we think about battery energy.  Scientists there are close to making small batteries capable of running on human blood, an unlimited energy resource to a fuel cell in a device such as a pacemaker. 

The new concept is based on yeast that can feed on the human cells, creating clean energy. There are still some technical difficulties, like how to make sure any excess waste isn’t released into the bloodstream, but teams specializing in this science are confident that these challenges can be overcome. 

Let’s hope this is another step forward in eliminating whatever radioactive, toxic goo used in today’s batteries!