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    http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&ncid=738&e=1&u=/ap/20040924/ap_on_hi_te/spinach_power

    MIT Works to Power Computers With Spinach

    17 minutes ago Add Technology - AP to My Yahoo!


    By MARK PRATT, Associated Press Writer

    BOSTON - "Eat your spinach," Mom used to say. "It will make your muscles grow, power your laptop and recharge your cell phone... " OK. So nobody's Mom said those last two things. But researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (news - web sites) say they have used spinach to harness a plant's ability to convert sunlight into energy for the first time, creating a device that may one day power laptops, mobile phones and more.


    Now this is the kind of story that sounds so weird yet I would not be surprised if someday spinach farmers control the economy.
     
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    wow. that's good spinach.
     
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    Interesting. Apparently spinach is not the only veggie which will work in this manner. Wonder if they will ever develop this technology to the point where it can power a small vehicle.

    I can imagine myself driving a Ford Legume, or a Dodge Broccoli, a VW Sauerkraut, a Cadillac Asparagus, or perhaps a Mercury Sweet Potato.

    Another advantage might be that you could increase the engine's performance simply by fertilizing it.
     
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    Well, I guess the crux of the research is harnessing the energy produced during photosynthesis. Kind of an interesting endeavor. However, someday I hope to drive a Rutebaga 5000.
     

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