The world took one significant step closer to inventing a real-life cybernetic organism as US scientists, inspired by the Terminator movie, combined organic matter with semiconductors in a process that replicates plants’ transformation of light into fuel.
The breakthrough is quite significant, scientists at universities in Michigan and Pittsburgh believe. Their blend of a chemical used in solar panels and a plant protein that acts during photosynthesis “recreate the process that allows plants to turn sunlight into fuel,” the Michigan press-release cites the team as saying.
“Human endeavors to transform the energy of sunlight into biofuels using either artificial materials or whole organisms have low efficiency,” Nicholas Kotov, Florence B. Cejka Professor of Engineering at the University of Michigan and leader of the study explained.
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