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Photosynthesis and engines evolved in remarkably similar ways

At first blush, these two objects couldn’t appear less alike. Yet, according to a Princeton University study published June 29 in the journal PLoS ONE, the...

Splitting Water: Nanoscale Imaging Yields Key Insights

In the quest to realize artificial photosynthesis to convert sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide into fuel – just as plants do – researchers need...

MIT team creates bionic plants

Nanotechnology could turn shrubbery into supercharged energy producers or sensors for explosives Plants have many valuable functions: They provide food and fuel, release the oxygen...

Quantum mechanics, vibrating molecules explain photosynthesis efficiency

Light-gathering macromolecules in plant cells transfer energy by taking advantage of molecular vibrations whose physical descriptions have no equivalents in classical physics, according to...

A Stepping-Stone for Oxygen on Earth

For most terrestrial life on Earth, oxygen is necessary for survival. But the planet's atmosphere did not always contain this life-sustaining substance, and one of...

Mimicking photosynthesis path to solar-derived hydrogen fuel

Inexpensive hydrogen for automotive or jet fuel may be possible by mimicking photosynthesis, according to a Penn State materials chemist, but a number of problems need to be solved first. "We are focused on the hardest way to make fuel," said Thom...

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