Could Lettuce Replace Copper As Material For Wires?

We have an ongoing quest for maintaining our lifestyles and the planet at the same time, and replacing the copper (a nonrenewable resource) in wires is a must.

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The best estimates claim that we will run out of copper for our cables in about 25 years from now, so you better take good care of your computer parts, the wires especially! For this very reason, a group of researchers from the University of West England have attempted to get lettuce to conduct electricity. And yes, you read that right.

The idea is great: we can always grow more plants if this eventually works. The scientists found that an old lettuce seedling and connected two electrodes is actually able to conduct electricity, albeit a really noisy connection. This means that, while it would theoretically work, it’s probably not the best idea to run a lettuce-operated computer just yet. But, who knows what the future holds for us?

Source: Geeky Gadgets

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