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+ - SPAM: Microbes churn out hydrogen at record rate 1

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FiReaNGeL writes "By adding a few modifications to their successful wastewater fuel cell, researchers have coaxed common bacteria to produce hydrogen in a new, efficient way. Using starter material that could theoretically be sourced from a salad bar, the researchers have coaxed microbes to generate hydrogen. "We achieved the highest hydrogen yields ever obtained with this approach from different sources of organic matter, such as yields of 91 percent using vinegar (acetic acid) and 68 percent using cellulose"."
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Microbes churn out hydrogen at record rate

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  • By tweaking their design, improving conditions for the bacteria, and adding a small jolt of electricity , ..., such as yields of 91 percent using vinegar (acetic acid) and 68 percent using cellulose,' said

    Next, the researchers plan to further improve microbes' working conditions by giving them free cokes and coffee in order to produce more yields. Finally, to maximize outputs, they must find a way to remove the music-playing iPods and the flat-panels that display slashdot pages from the microbes' office cubes -- without causing a strike.

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