Aug
28
2014

RCA graduate invents a Synthetic Leaf that might open doors for space colonization

Synthetic Leaf

Synthetic Leaf

We homo-sapiens have always been reinventing the wheel ever since Adam was a little boy. From self sustaining buildings to automated cars to android news tellers, step by step we are conquering the technological realm.

Ever since the first moon landing, mankind has been dreaming to colonize space. This dream might just come true with this synthetic leaf, which is capable of absorbing water and carbon-di-oxide to produce oxygen just like a real leaf. Developed by RCA graduate Julian Melchiorri as part of the Silk-leaf Project, the synthetic leaf will enable NASA to send astronauts much deeper into space to see what lies beyond. 

The synthetic leaf is made from chloroplasts suspended in a matrix made out of silk protein and not unlike real plants, these leaves also require light and a small amount of water to produce oxygen. The synthetic leaf also has an “amazing property of stablizing molecules”.

The Synthetic Leaf might open doors for space colonization

The Synthetic Leaf might open doors for space colonization

Synthetic Leaf is made from chloroplasts suspended in a matrix made out of silk protein

Synthetic Leaf is made from chloroplasts suspended in a matrix made out of silk protein

The Silk Leaf Project

The Silk Leaf Project

This invention is a first of its king and lets hope that this one small step will enable us to take giant leaps in the near future.

 

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