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Because I wasn't using half my DNA anyway

So then, a couple gents over in Sweden were messing around with flashlights and DNA on their off time and lo! They discovered that DNA strands become fibre optic cables! And then they made a computer out of spare DNA and it took over the world because it happened to be the DNA from a mass murderer...I've seen this one!

Ok, really? That's pretty cool:

Thanks to a new technique, DNA strands can be easily converted into tiny fibre optic cables that guide light along their length. Optical fibres made this way could be important in optical computers, which use light rather than electricity to perform calculations, or in artificial photosynthesis systems that may replace today's solar panels.

Both kinds of device need small-scale light-carrying "wires" that pipe photons to where they are needed. Now Bo Albinsson and his colleagues at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, have worked out how to make them. The wires build themselves from a mixture of DNA and molecules called chromophores that can absorb and pass on light.

The result is similar to natural photonic wires found inside organisms like algae, where they are used to transport photons to parts of a cell where their energy can be tapped. In these wires, chromophores are lined up in chains to channel photons.



Huzzahs to Jonas K. Hannestad, Peter Sandin and Bo Albinsson! Making our task of finding implausible science a little bit harder. ;)

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