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Live Wires: Newly Discovered Seafloor Bacteria Conduct Electricity

Two years ago, microbiologist Lars Peter Nielsen of Aarhus University in Denmark was studying the mud on the seafloor of the city’s port when he discovered something unexpected: The mud was coursing with detectable levels of electricity. At the time, he and his colleagues suspected that the electric currents might be attributable to some sort of external transport network between individual bacteria or other microscopic organisms.

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