Jellyfish ‘Smoothie’ Could Have Solar Solutions

Barry Neild at CNN reports:

Putting thousands of jellyfish in a blender to make a smoothie sounds like the start of bad joke. In fact, it’s one way to source ingredients for a new generation of solar power solutions that could aid medical science and offer cheap energy.

Scientists say by liquidizing the humble Aequorea victoria — a glow-in-the-dark jellyfish commonly found off the western coast of North America — they can use the green fluorescent protein (GFP) it contains to create miniature fuel cells.

These, say their creators, could be used to power microscopic “nanodevices” that could operate independently inside the human body, helping reverse blindness or fight tumors.

Nanotechnology — the manipulation of matter at an atomic scale (one nanometer is equivalent to one billionth of a meter) — is seen by many as the future of medicine, but the science of powering nano-machinery is still in its infancy.

[continues at CNN]

13 Comments on "Jellyfish ‘Smoothie’ Could Have Solar Solutions"

  1. Anonymous | Oct 4, 2010 at 11:57 pm |

    I hope there isn’t some light years advanced alien race out there there that discovers that putting thousands of humans into a blender is somehow beneficial to them.

  2. I hope there isn’t some light years advanced alien race out there there that discovers that putting thousands of humans into a blender is somehow beneficial to them.

  3. Haystack | Oct 5, 2010 at 1:17 am |

    Or tasty.

  4. Telomere | Oct 5, 2010 at 2:54 am |

    I agree, killing animals to provide for our energy needs is pretty sick. Food I can see, but for solar technology? No.

  5. I agree, killing animals to provide for our energy needs is pretty sick. Food I can see, but for solar technology? No.

    • gemmarama | Oct 5, 2010 at 5:06 am |

      jellyfish are the “get out of jail free” card of animal cruelty. they are the only living creature your dad actually encouraged you to poke with a stick at the beach when you were a kid.

  6. gemmarama | Oct 5, 2010 at 9:06 am |

    jellyfish are the “get out of jail free” card of animal cruelty. they are the only living creature your dad actually encouraged you to poke with a stick at the beach when you were a kid.

  7. Garbarjar | Oct 6, 2010 at 3:44 pm |

    On one hand, fucking jellyfish…
    On the other hand, that just seems cartoonishly evil.

  8. Garbarjar | Oct 6, 2010 at 11:44 am |

    On one hand, fucking jellyfish…
    On the other hand, that just seems cartoonishly evil.

  9. They already do that with another species: the Merostomata.
    This one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merostomata
    They turn them into dust and make fertilizer with it.
    I really never liked the idea.

  10. They already do that with another species: the Merostomata.
    This one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merostomata
    They turn them into dust and make fertilizer with it.
    I really never liked the idea.

  11. Last but not least we will need some sort of liquid to help get the smoothie to a consistency that will work in the blender. Milk, water and juice are popular options. Add just enough liquid to get the smoothie to the consistency you like. I like to start with 2 parts frozen fruit, 1 part yogurt and 1 part liquid. A good example would be 2 cups frozen strawberries blended with 1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt and 1 cup skim milk.

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