Scientists in the US have developed a way to generate electricity using viruses.
The researchers built a generator with a postage stamp-sized electrode and based on a small film of specially engineered viruses.
When a finger tapped the electrode, the viruses converted the mechanical energy into electricity.
The research by a team in California has been published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.
Materials that can convert mechanical energy into electricity are known as "piezoelectric".
I for one welcome our new bio-mechanical viral overlords!
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