Gut bacteria’s shocking secret: They produce electricity

Posted by  $  Olduglycarl 2 months, 1 week ago to Science
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When I/electric universe theory/thunderbolts, said "Everything is Electric"...we weren't kidding.

Now, if you really want to get off the Grid...swallow an extension cord and eat! it'll power the lights anyway...laughting

Note, connect your family in parallel to get voltage...
SOURCE URL: http://news.berkeley.edu/2018/09/12/gut-bacterias-shocking-secret-they-produce-electricity/


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  • Posted by  $  2 months, 1 week ago
    Their Electrogenic!
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    • Posted by  $  allosaur 2 months, 1 week ago
      This is just shocking!
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      • Posted by  $  2 months, 1 week ago
        Just think, you can just plug yourself into your electric car and drive away in the USA.
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        • Posted by  $  allosaur 2 months, 1 week ago
          Watch me dino plug something in~
          Old like me, do you recall Dinah Shore singing something akin to "See the USA in your (electric) Chevrolet!"
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          • Posted by  $  2 months, 1 week ago
            My GreatGreatGreatGreatGreatGreatGreatGreat Grandfather told me about that.
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            • Posted by  $  allosaur 2 months, 1 week ago
              Did he walk on two legs like me dino or did he have a really loinglonglonglonglonglonglong neck?
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              • Posted by  $  2 months, 1 week ago
                Yes and no...he walked on two legs, neck was normal...but probably a bit hairier!...laughing

                PS, I did hear DS sing see the usa in a chevrolet...but we were of the cult of Ford and wouldn't let our friends drive chevy's!
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                • Posted by  $  allosaur 2 months, 1 week ago
                  My Dad was Ford man. During the early 90s, I was taking the kids from my Birmingham area to Panama City Beach. I had reached Florida when I told them I was driving the last Ford I would ever own.
                  Next day the transmission went out and I drove to get it fixed in first gear. I was told I had to wait a week to have it fixed. I was due back to work in three days and the Alabama Department Of Corrections is very unforgiving about calling in not sick~and you better not be sick for very long if you are.. So I decided to trade in that troublesome piece of rolling junk. The only thing I enjoyed about that was the disappointment on the previously smug faces of the mechanics. Now they still had to fix it but for resale. Bwahaha!
                  On the way back my stepson (now a coal miner with two of his own kids) said, "I thought you said you wouldn't buy another Ford."
                  I told him it was kind of hard not to when stuck at a dealership surrounded by Fords with a car stuck in first gear without a week to spare for getting it fixed.
                  I'm now a Honda man after buying a year-old used Honda Accord and driving it twelve whole years with it causing me very little trouble.
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                  • Posted by  $  2 months, 1 week ago
                    Never had trouble with the Fords...for the past 26 years, I've had 3 Ford trucks. An F-150 and two Rangers...the one I have now I bought new in 07 and have 220+miles on it...no troubles...knock on wood!
                    I've had a few chevy's, the best one was a 1960 6cyl...it liked oil though. The rest were junk. A couple of 240Zs, one race and a honda...wasn't too bad but not a comfy as a big ole Ford.
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                    • Posted by  $  allosaur 2 months, 1 week ago
                      What I described wasn't my first transmission problem with a Ford. During the 70s I had to have ill-afforded major work done on a Mustang when I was making chump change as a small time newspaper reporter.
                      Later I traded the Mustang in at a Ford dealership for a Mercury Bobcat hatchback I saw featured in a display window. I had that car from around 1976-77 till 1985 when it got too cranky to drive. Then I went back to Fords.
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                      • Posted by  $  2 months, 1 week ago
                        I bought a brand new pinto in 72 while at Ft Knox...put 100K on that puppy...only problem was the rubber timing belts...in the 80's those engines had chain timing belts.
                        My Ranger has the 2300 with 170hp and my wife's 16 escape has a 320hp turbo 2300---would like to that one in the Ranger...but I really don't need to get a speeding ticket either...Oh Well...it's not fun anymore...
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                        • Posted by  $  allosaur 2 months, 1 week ago
                          Me dino got a rash of speeding tickets during the 80s. I was taking an earlier trip to Panama City when I was going around a curve at night and slowed to avoid hitting a three-legged dog.
                          That's when I also saw blue lights come on ahead. After writing me a ticket, a Florida cop accused me of slowing down due to picking him up on a radar detector.
                          I told him I didn't have one. After he walked off with a smug smirk, piratically calling me a liar,, I swore I'd get a fuzz buster and I did within a month. At least I stopped getting tickets.
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                          • Posted by  $  2 months, 1 week ago
                            I got my 220mph thyroid nuked...haven't gotten one since...almost 30 years now. I still don't drive the speed limit...I just don't get caught anymore.
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                            • Posted by  $  allosaur 2 months, 1 week ago
                              My fuzz buster broke during the late 90s and I never replaced it. Two times since I've been stopped and let off with a verbal warning.
                              I've become a stealth dino. I blend in with fast traffic in the last lane. Sometimes I wait driving on the interstate for someone fast to come along and I follow the speeder for a while. Me dino schools wid da fast fishes.
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  • Posted by  $  Stormi 2 months, 1 week ago
    I remember visiting the Very Large Array inAZ when our daughter was in high school. There was a glass ball that you put your hand on, and it showed your electrical output. I remember mine was pretty low, but our daughter really was cranking it out. It is amazing what our bodies do.
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    • Posted by  $  2 months, 1 week ago
      When I first read the article I visualized a bunch of fat people with wires coming out of their butts connected in parallel with the wires going up to a light.
      Caption: We'll keep the lights on for ya!
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  • Posted by  $  blarman 2 months, 1 week ago
    Awesome! Thanks for posting.

    1/2 an amp is pretty impressive. Any idea as to the voltage - as in how many of these cells do I need to line up to power my [insert appliance here]?
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    • Posted by  $  2 months, 1 week ago
      It didn't mention, I think you could calculate it, it's been many years and I have forgotten.
      Might be -volts like what you get from the ground or the air...usually -5volts.
      You'd have to connect them in parallel.
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      • Posted by  $  blarman 2 months, 1 week ago
        Yeah. I think it's volts * amps = watts which was why I was wondering. Didn't know if these would be useful for powering LED-based lighting (low voltage, low amperage) or if they could do something as heavy as a car battery (low voltage, high amperage).
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        • Posted by  $  2 months, 1 week ago
          I remember 100 watts equals 1 amp.
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          • Posted by  $  blarman 2 months, 1 week ago
            100 volts * 1 ampere = 100 Watts. Voltage is a measure of potential, amperage is a measure of current, and wattage is a measure of power.

            Many people use water as an analogy as per the following: Voltage is the pressure of the pipe, amperage is the size of the pipe, and the aggregate water flow (in water measured in cubic feet per minute) is the Wattage or power.

            Example: Some milling machines use water infused with bits of sand or diamond to cut through metal. The orifice is very small (low amperage) but the pressure (voltage) is extremely high. On the other end may be a flood irrigation system where the water pressure is very low, but the pipe size on the low end is 2 ft in diameter. Both may move about the same amount of total water (power) in the same time period.
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      • Posted by lrshultis 2 months, 1 week ago
        The article states 500 micro amps or 500 micro volts, volts x amps = watts, so 50010^(-6) volts 500*10^(-6) amps = 250000 * 10^(-12) = 250 nano watts. Hope that is right.
        As to the reference to electric universe, you sure become electric over a new discovery that some single cell wall gram negative bacteria might transfer electrons in a previous undiscovered way.
        That seems to be even a lesser way for making a battery than somehow making a battery form the about 600 volts potential difference between ground and about one kilometer in the atmosphere from atmospheric electricity. Lightning has a lot of power but only short term so not good as a battery also. Stick to chemical or nuclear methods for useful electron transfer in a battery.
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