Artificial leaves generate oxygen for space trips

07/30/2014 | Gizmodo Australia

Artificial leaves with chloroplasts from plant cells hold promise as oxygen generators for extended travel in weightless space, according to this article. Julian Melchiorri, a student at the Royal College of Art in London, created the biological leaves by suspending chloroplasts in a material made from silk protein. All that's needed for oxygen production are the addition of light and water.

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