Scientists develop hybrid reactor which can produce AIR and FOOD for future Mars colonies
Scientists at UC Berkeley have developed a hybrid reactor which uses 'cyborg bacteria' embedded in a forest of nanowires to produce food, fuel and oxygen for future Mars colonists.
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The reactor essentially operates along the same lines as photosynthesis, in which plants use sunlight to transform carbon dioxide into sugars for food. The hybrid reactor employs Sporomusa ovata bacteria densely packed between a "forest of nanowires" to c…