Secretive Victorian Artists Made These Intricate Patterns Out of Diatom

Since seeing his first diatom arrangement—an intricate pattern of algae crafted by German microscopist J.D. Möller—Matthew Killip has been enthralled with the Victorian art form. “I love seeing the hand of man display the work of nature so beautifully,” he says. Continue reading Secretive Victorian Artists Made These Intricate Patterns Out of Diatom

Plant engineered for more efficient photosynthesis

A genetically engineered tobacco plant, developed with two genes from blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), holds promise for improving the yields of many food crops.

Plants photosynthesize – convert carbon dioxide, water and light into oxygen and sucrose, a sugar used for energy and for building new plant tissue ­– but cyanobacteria can perform photosynthesis significantly more quickly than many crops can. Continue reading Plant engineered for more efficient photosynthesis