The Plastic Brain

Animal photosynthesis pops up again!

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Remember my post back in October about photosynthesis in Salamanders?

http://adenozine.tumblr.com/post/1401001565/mindblowingly-awesome-discovery

Now insects are getting in on the game. To be precise, hornets.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_9254000/9254445.stm

They use pigments to generate energy, viz:

“Xanthopterin works as a light harvesting molecule transforming light into electrical energy.”

…I wonder if you could put it in a solar cell?

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Author: Rogan Tinsley

Biology, science and maths teacher with a PhD in Neuroscience and passion for education.

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