Suck it, plants—this bionic leaf has got you beat ten times over! A team of researchers at Harvard University, led by Daniel Nocera and Pamela Silver, have been perfecting this leaf's ability to perform artificial photosynthesis.Read More
This new charging station for your phone could be an eternal battery, if you treat it well. Arkyne Technologies' Bioo Lite has found a way to turn a plant into a solar power station that can harness enough electricity to charge a USB cable.Read More
If your computer isn't powered by a Ficus, I don't want to know you.
We all know that the future of the human race depends on discovering alternate forms of power to satiate our foolish human appetite for energy. Luckily, scientists think they may have found the 'greenest' way yet to postpone our inevitable move to the moon colony.Read More
Plants use energy from the Sun through photosynthesis, and humans use energy from the Sun through things like solar panels. A new technique created by researchers at the University of Georgia allows humans to get electricity from plants by hijacking the photosynthesis process. This research could someday lead to some very literal power plants.Read More
A new study has revealed that the pea aphid may be the only type of animal to use photosynthesis to collect and store energy. Alain Robichon, an entomologist from the Sophia Agrobiotech Institute in Sophia Antipolis, France, built his research on the findings of Nancy Moran; she discovered that the aphids had the gene to produce carotenoids in the first place. The pea aphid was already among nature's oddest creatures for a bunch of reasons. For example, did you know they can be born pregnant?Read More
Plants' ability to survive and thrive on a simple diet of sunlight and water can seem sort of miraculous, especially to we animals who have to go through the indignity of eating other living things, pleasant as that may be at times. Wouldn't it be great to be able to harness the Earth's abundant supply of sunlight and water for our own power needs? A newly designed revision of the artificial leaf might let us do that on a wide scale, not for food of course, but for electricity.Read More