by Frank Stephenson
If our mightiest power plants could only match the simple efficiency of living cells in generating energy, the world wouldn’t be worrying about running out of oil any time soon.
Instead of being sprawled across a hundred or more acres and eating through tons of mainly irreplaceable natural resources every day, such power plants would need little more than air, water, and raw material rich in sugar and starch. Toss in a few minerals and throw the switch on an energy revolution that would change the course of civilization.
Consider that a single living cell can contain as many as 2,500 of its very own high-speed energy plants capable of astonishing feats. These microscopic factories can produce—on demand—all the energy a body needs for either running a marathon or doing math. Without these amazing units, known as mitochondria, about the only things living on Earth would be bacteria and algae. Vive la evolution!