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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Micro-organisms may be turned into nano-circuitry

Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have found a way to convert the silica encasing diatoms, micro-organisms commonly found floating in oceans, into other materials such as titanium dioxide, which readily conducts electricity. Diatoms can adopt an incredible diversity of shapes, and Kenneth Sandhage and his colleagues hope to exploit this characteristic to develop 3D circuits much more complex and powerful than existing electronics. more @