photosynthesis

CYBORGS

Cyborg Plant Controls a Robot to Move Itself Towards Light

A plant-robot cyborg developed by researchers at MIT uses electrodes, light detectors, and wheels to save a plant from perishing.
Caroline Haskins
12.4.18
climate change

Climate Models Overestimate How Much CO2 Plants Can Remove From the Atmosphere

Carbon dioxide levels might increase even more rapidly than expected based on new research on the molecular mechanisms of photosynthesis.
Daniel Oberhaus
10.3.18
Motherboard

The Oldest Color Ever Discovered Is 1.1 Billion Years Old

The pink pigments help answer the question of why complex life took so long to emerge.
Daniel Oberhaus
7.10.18
studies

Crops that Can Grow in the Dark? Not Yet, But It’s a Step

It's not exactly plants that grow in the dark, but new research points that way to more sunlight-efficient crops.
Michael Byrne
7.7.16
News

Scientists Have Isolated a Gene That Helps Plants Survive Drought Conditions

Hardier plants may be a necessity in the years ahead.
Rachel Pick
9.18.15
Science

Five Ways Scientists Want to Hack Plants to Improve Photosynthesis

The amount of land dedicated to farming is shrinking, the world's crop productivity is stagnating, and the population is still growing. What are we going to do about the looming agricultural crisis?
Ben Richmond
6.29.15
Design

Is Spirulina Furniture the Future of Interior Decor?

Photosynthetic algae decks the halls of a futuristic home concept at the Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art.
Sami Emory
5.26.15
earth

Deforestation Could Be Worse for Carbon Emissions Than We've Calculated

When forests are selectively logged, the dead trees left behind don't just stop producing oxygen; they emit carbon.
Emiko Jozuka
4.28.15
Features

Eating the Sun: Can Humans Be Hacked to Do Photosynthesis?

Several animals can already do photosynthesis. Will humans follow suit?​
Maddie Stone
2.10.15
Space

Why Use Artificial Leaves in Space When Real Leaves Work Just Fine?

As cool as the Silk Leaf is, you can’t eat one.
Becky Ferreira
7.31.14
Motherboard Blog

How Life Harvests Light Even in Total Blackness

Should we be hunting a whole new sort of alien life?
Michael Byrne
4.27.13
Stuff

Stop Calling Fat Bill Fat, He Has a Complex Now

Fat Bill is a cinematographer who has shot some of the most memorable skateboarding of the past decade. He's also not that fat anymore, so if you see him please don't call him Fat Bill. He worked really hard to lose those extra pounds.
Chris Grosso
8.24.12
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