Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Sewage-Eating Microbes Have Excellent Taste (in Music)
(Above: Sewage-eaters aren't quite as cute as these guys.)
According to this article, a sewage treatment plant in Germany has found a way to make its microbes work harder. It lets them listen to music. Mozart's Magic Flute, to be specific.
While the microbes dine, music is played over a loud-speaker at the plant. Mozart-loving microbes eat more sewage, which means the plant produces more clean water and less sludge. Thanks to Mozart, the plant saved over 10,000 euros last year.
So microbes like classical music. If I think about that too much, my head might explode.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot. "Scientists have developed fluorescent bacteria that encode secret messages, creating a living invisible ink." I need to lie down now.