Confirmation That Photosynthesizing Sea Slugs Steal Genes From Algae

For decades, scientists have puzzled over how a certain sea slug acquires the ability to photosynthesize after ingesting algae. An advanced imaging technique now confirms that the slugs are literally stealing genes from the algae. It's considered the first example of "horizontal gene transfer" in a multicellular… » 2/04/15 7:40am 2/04/15 7:40am

New evidence that plants get their energy using quantum entanglement

Biophysicists theorize that plants tap into the eerie world of quantum entanglement during photosynthesis. But the evidence to date has been purely circumstantial. Now, scientists have discovered a feature of plants that cannot be explained by classical physics alone — but which quantum mechanics answers quite nicely. » 1/10/14 4:00pm 1/10/14 4:00pm

Artificial plants could one day power your home

In the quest for alternative energies, there is one treasure that many scientists have tried and failed to find. That treasure is the secret of photosynthesis, the chemical reaction that allows plants to convert light into energy, releasing nothing but harmless oxygen in the process. But now a chemistry graduate… » 4/01/13 12:27pm 4/01/13 12:27pm

When times get tough, algae can steal energy from other plants

Scientists know that worms, bacteria, and various fungi can eat plants and use the vegetable cellulose as a source of carbon for their growth. Plants, on the other hand, simply sit back and photosynthesize carbon dioxide, water, and light. But now, as German researchers have discovered, algae don't always need to… » 11/21/12 6:20am 11/21/12 6:20am

Aphids may be the only insects that can photosynthesize

Plants, algae, and bacteria have a clear advantage over the animal kingdom when it comes to their powers of photosynthesis. A certain species of sea slug can steal photosynthetic DNA from algae, but animals don't photosynthesize on their own. At least that's what we thought. New evidence has come to life suggesting… » 8/18/12 1:00pm 8/18/12 1:00pm

What the deep seas tell us about life on other planets

We tend to stereotype extraterrestrial life as little green men, but there are much more instructive examples of alien weirdness right under our oceans. In the following article, Dr. Craig McClain of Deep Sea News and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center discusses what the deep seas can teach us about potential… » 3/20/12 7:10am 3/20/12 7:10am

Solar-powered hornet is the Superman of the animal kingdom

Plants use photosynthesis to turn sunlight into energy every single day. This ability appeared to be completely unknown in the animal kingdom, leaving the living solar battery that is Superman as the only animal to ever harness the sun's rays for power. But now we've discovered that a type of hornet is doing its own… » 2/13/11 3:00pm 2/13/11 3:00pm