You know how those mad scientists at DARPA
are obsessed with generating power from insects
? A team from Clarkson University
, New York and Ben-Gurion
University, Israel has gone one better by turning a Snail into a cybernetic power generator. A pair of Buckypaper
electrodes were charged by the electro-chemical reactions in the slow-moving invertebrates "hemolymph," its equivalent to blood. Its hoped the Snails will provide a sustainable way to power listening devices for the Department of Homeland Security
, so if you suddenly find your crawlspace full of gastropods, be careful what you say.
[Image credit: American Chemical Society]