Gallery: Scientists Discover Deep-Sea Mussels That Can Convert Hydrogen...


According to scientists, there are mussels at the bottom of the ocean that are efficiently converting hydrogen into energy in their very own, nature-made hydrogen fuel cells. The mussels, discovered by the Max Planck Institute of Marine Microbiology and the Cluster of Excellence (MARUM), were found near hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor and have onboard symbiotic bacteria that convert hydrogen into energy. With this discovery, researchers might be able to clone the hydrogen eating bacteria to create all-natural hydrogen fuel cells to power things other than sea life.

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  1. lazyreader August 15, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    The mussels don’t do it, the bacteria do. If the mussel take advantage of that hydrogen, how do they do it.

  2. caeman August 15, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Very cool. Nature wins again.

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