"You got your E.coli in my pancakes and it’s AWESOME"

2008
Jun
2

As Seen on MetaFilter: SCIENCE!

Cool: Scientists have genetically tweaked bacteria to create simple computers.
Scary (probably unnecessarily*): They’re E.coli bacteria.
Funny: The bacteria are able to solve the “Burnt Pancake Problem”.
Money quote: “It’s kind of like that computer in ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’. It’s been working on a problem so long that by the time it comes up with an answer, everybody forgot the question.”**

Here’s the whole flippin’ thing semi-simply explained (in flippin’ Flash).

*confirmed in the MeFi comment thread.
**yes, I know that’s not an accurate reference, but it was still awesome. Anybody know any past works of sci-fi/humor that actually used that concept? If not, I’m writing one. DIBS!

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