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    electric bacteria that eat pure electrons rather than sugar

    I found the following link very interesting. I would have thought it makes life 'in a galaxy far far away' more likely.

    Biologists discover electric bacteria that eat pure electrons rather than sugar, redefining the tenacity of life | ExtremeTech

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    Bacteria that thrives in different environments or require different sources aren't unheard of. However its the first one I've heard of that uses electricity as its energy source.

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    I've heard of Fungus that live off and thrive in radioactive enviroments, Radiotrophic fungus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia , which looks pretty cool. I think it just goes to show that given time, things can adapt to almost any circumstance.

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    *flips BOFH excuse calendar to the next day*

    "Outbreak of electron-eating bacteria caused a localised power outage"

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    Cool! I do not like the suggestion of nanoscale selfpowered pollution cleaning devices however. That way leads to trouble!

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    I think there's a colony of these living in @Ric_ 's computer...would explain a lot

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    Hang on...wasn't this the basis for the Revolution TV show? Microscopic beings absorbing all energy? It could happen!

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