Bacteria Hard Drives!

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This week, teams from both the University of Leeds in the UK and the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology in Japan, have found that microbes (bacteria) could be the future in making super-fast hard drives.

These microbes digest iron and create tiny magnets inside themselves. The protein that starts this process can been extracted and used to make magnetic patterns, like those found in hard drives. As nano-technology is getting more advanced it looks like scientists are turning back to nature to make these complex and precise pieces of technology.

You never know, maybe these tiny bacteria will be making the next generation of hard drives for your computer or smartphone!

What do you think about using bacteria to make hard drives? Tell us what you think in the comments..

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  • Adam Wolfs

    Bad news, you’ve caught cronic harddrive-itis.

  • Tito Pandu Brahmanto

    I have no objection to use bacteria in my hard drives. But, if we use living organism inside, do we have to give feed or look after so bacteria didn’t die?

  • Chris

    This would be an awesome feat of technological advancement.

    When I read this it prompted me to visualise this hard drive not only as a practical tool but a living habitat for this bacteria which would promote closer interactivity with your data, as well as maintenance.

    Hard drives becoming biological pet’s…..!

    I need sleep.

  • Jordan

    That is nuts! Why don’t they also invent something that lets us eat iron and travel using the earths magnetic field ;)

  • Adrian Try

    With all that bacteria I’d be worried about viruses!

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  • Cédric Muller

    Which makes me think that we are definitely (the Earth) a part of a global storage system :)