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The world of science and technology never ceases to amaze me.
Apparently a group of researchers in Hong Kong has been hard at work studying how to utilize bacteria to store information. I'm not kidding. Literally what they do is inject data into the DNA of the bacteria cell, where it it is then essentially both immortal and completely safe. Because bacteria have that cute little habit of reproducing all the freaking time the information is never lost. Furthermore, seeing as people cannot exactly hack into a microorganism the way they do your home computer whatever private information your storing is safe.
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So that "personal" video you made that you never want anyone but yourself to see will have an E.Coli bodyguard to give food poisoning to anyone trying to steal it. Paris Hilton would have been so lucky.
So not only will that dreaded bacteria be serving as your new flash drive, but it will also be helping out construction workers everywhere. Researchers are also discovering ways to use the microbe to fill cracks in concrete. The whole process is completely beyond me, but basically the germ reproduces enough times to fill the crack and then just stops. Holy shit is quite the understatement.
So maybe next time you find a moldy hamburger in your fridge you can just harvest the bacteria for your computer's hard drive. No? Yeah I probably wouldn't either.
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