Bizarre News : Scientists discover an enzyme that converts air into energy


Australian scientists have discovered an enzyme in bacteria that turns air into energy

The discovery, published in the journal Nature, reveals that this enzyme uses small amounts of hydrogen in the air to generate an electric current.

Many bacteria in nutrient-poor environments use hydrogen from the atmosphere as an energy source.

Researchers extract the enzyme responsible for using atmospheric hydrogen from a bacterium called Mycobacterium smegmatis

They showed that this enzyme, called Hq, converts hydrogen gas into an electric current.

Unlike all other known chemical enzymes and catalysts, it consumes hydrogen even below the atmospheric level

Researchers say Haq is a 'natural battery' that produces a continuous electric current from the air or excess hydrogen