“Yuichi Hiratsuka and his colleagues used a species of bacteria called Mycoplasma mobile to power their micromechanical motor.”
“Hiratsuka et al. also proposed in their study genetically engineering M. mobile for stronger binding to the track and rotors, as well as adding chemicals to the bacteria that urge the cells to move in a uniform direction with chemical clues.”
“Image credit: Yuichi Hiratsuka, et alThe scanning electron micrograph at left shows an overview of the silicon track, designed to coax the bacteria into moving in a uniform direction around the circular tracks.”
“Mycoplasma is just one example of microorganisms with interesting and potentially useful properties," Hiratsuka told PhysOrg. com.”
“Originally, we were studying the basic science of biological motors, so we routinely observed the motilities of motor proteins or bacterial or eukaryotic cells under a microscope," said Hiratsuka.”
“By using more bacteria, the scientists could boost the torque 100-fold, Hiratsuka predicts.”
“Take the city of Hiratsuka just outside Tokyo, where the local government sponsored betting on bicycle races to help fill the coffers.”
“Now fat-pocket gamblers are turning away from the track, and Hiratsuka is doing its best to draw them back.”
“I only have a minute before I have to go, but I thought I needed to tell you thank you for being strong for me when I was struggling in Hiratsuka.”
“I spent my first night in Kichijoji and then met up with you, Justin, and Quin in Hiratsuka.”
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