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we're getting bacteria to poop oil. - Elena's Journal
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we're getting bacteria to poop oil.
Holy Crap.

I mean, literally.

Wow.

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radanax From: radanax Date: June 17th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
and they're going to try their first full-scale operation by 2011 :O
pontus From: pontus Date: June 17th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very interesting... It'll be the first time someone actually pulled a solution out of their ass.
voyn From: voyn Date: June 17th, 2008 11:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm reposting the comment I made on Eric's journal, because I think it bears thinking about:


That is both awesome, and kind of terrifying... What happens if it gets out? At the molecular level, pretty much everything that ever lived, or is still alive, is the same as "agricultural waste". This is from an interesting article I dug up which mentions run-amok nanotech as a very real danger in the near future, and this stuff seems eerily similar:

"Carbon is the most important element for life; without free carbon, or at least carbon that is not so tightly bound that it cannot be moved around from one molecule to another, life as we know it cannot exist. The implication of the creation of a nanomachine that binds carbon in an exothermic and self-replicating reaction is the end of all life on our planet. And the creation and release of such a nanomachine will be within our grasp most likely within our lifetimes."


The guy in your article says, "We’re putting these bacteria in a very isolated container: their entire universe is in that tank. When we’re done with them, they’re destroyed." It doesn't put me very much at ease. After all, the Exxon-Valdez was a very isolated container, and look what happened.

Just some food for thought ;)
From: (Anonymous) Date: June 18th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC) (Link)
is green goo not better than grey goo?
voyn From: voyn Date: June 18th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Maybe, maybe not. I think it all comes down to taste, really. Green goo is kind of like vegemite, and grey goo is maybe more of a fancy mustard.
From: dangersoflight Date: June 18th, 2008 05:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Now would be a good time to start investing in some stock for that company.
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