Category Archives: Plants & Technology

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Palm Biodiesel As Polluting As Oil

So palm oil and soy bean biodiesel is just a touch less polluting than fuel from tar sands: that's pretty damning. Maize and sugar do better than crude oil but still cause significant carbon emissions.

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Plants Engineered To Detect Bombs and Pollutants

We've 'taught' plants how to detect things we're interested in and respond in a way anyone can see, to tell us there is something nasty around.

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Plants Would Make The Best Pharmaceutical Factories

Plants are particularly suitable for producing complex active substances. The reason is that these substances can be produced inexpensively and on a large scale in plants

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Harnessing Algae To Consume Nuclear Waste

Researchers… have an enhanced understanding of a common freshwater alga and its remarkable ability to remove strontium from water. Insight into this mechanism ultimately could help scientists design methods to remove radioactive strontium from existing nuclear waste.

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Bananas Can Identify Contaminated Water

The findings offer a new source of hope to people in developing countries, where water quality can be poor and the latest water-screening technologies hard to come by.

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Your Next Hard Drive Could Be Bacterial

A group of students at Hong Kong's Chinese University have developed a way to store complex information in bacteria

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What Rice Has Joined Together Let Not Man…

An analysis of mortar from the 600-year-old city wall in Nanjing confirmed its mortar is a mix of powdered limestone and sticky-rice soup.

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Let Slime Mold Design The Railroad

Physarum polycephalum had not simply created the shortest possible network that could connect all the cities, but had also included redundant connections that allow the creature (and the real rail network) to have resilience to the accidental breakage of any part of it.

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Why Not Grow A Building?

Engineers and plant scientists… have taken their leafy designs to the next, and more practical and playful, level. Pilot projects under way… include streetlamps, gates and playground structures made entirely from trees, as well as hospital park benches that grow their own foliage for shade.

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Rosemary Replacing Fossil Fuels

The humble rosemary plant could revolutionise the way that some oil-based products are made, providing a green alternative to the synthetics and fossil fuels presently used. Research scientists (explore) the feasibility of using the environmentally friendly antioxidants (AO) extracted from rosemary plants for the production of cosmetics, plastics and lubricants.