Magnetic Bacteria Could Be The Future Of Hard Drives

Bacteria growing on your hard drive right now? That's bad — very bad. But in the future, it could be the basis on which your hard drive — or even your entire computer — is built. The BBC reports on research undertaken jointly in the UK and Japan that uses iron-eating microbes called Magnetospirilllum magneticum. No particular prizes for guessing what makes these little fellas interesting; as they ingest the iron it becomes magnetic, forming tiny particles. In nature, the Magnetospirilllum magneticum align along the Earth's magnetic field lines — or in other words, forming arrays. The researchers used this natural behaviour to build specific magnets, and it's hoped the research could be fine-tuned into building storage devices; they've already had some success in using microbes to build nano-wires. [BBC] Image: Kaibara87


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    Uh oh, accidebtly opened hard drive, magnetic bacteria everywhere...

    Although wiping hard drives has a whole new meaning...

    Uh oh, accidebtly opened hard drive, magnetic bacteria everywhere.

    Although wiping hard drives has a whole new meaning...

    I just hope they stop over using anti-matter or it will be come useless and create super magnetic hard drive bacteria.

    I read something about this technology a few years ago, I would love to see it actually happen!

    uh oh. my computer got a virus and died...

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