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katakowsj  ·  366 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Electroactive bacteria run current through “wires”

    Electroactive microbes are so abundant, in fact, that researchers now suspect that they have a profound impact on the planet. The bioelectric currents may convert minerals from one form to another, for instance, fostering the growth of a diversity of other species. Some researchers have speculated that electroactive microbes may help regulate the chemistry of both the oceans and the atmosphere.

    “To me, it’s a strong reminder of how ready we are to ignore things we cannot imagine,” Dr. Nielsen said.

Cool reminder of what we don’t know about the world around us. Sometimes I wonder if having a vast majority of the world’s knowledge accessible at our fingertips encourages a bias to believe that there is likely far more about the world that we don’t know our understand yet.