This week, we’re diving into a science paper that was hard to miss. It’s all about creating artificial photosynthesis using spinach chloroplasts. We also talk about our favourite genome duplication events and news in the world of science.
Paper of the week: Miller, T. E., Beneyton, T., Schwander, T., Diehl, C., Girault, M., McLean, R., … Erb, T. J. (2020). Light-powered CO 2 fixation in a chloroplast mimic with natural and synthetic parts. Science, 368(6491), 649–654.
Also check out this article about the paper
@CatharticOutlet asked us what our favourite genome duplication event is. Joram’s is strawberries. This paper talks about the octoploid strawberry genome.
Congratulations Australia on ignoring science and investing in coal
Bad news: native guava species in Australia at the brink of extinction due to an invasive fungal disease
Wuhan is drawing up plans to test all 11 million residents
The Inquiry Podcast on Germany’s response to Corona
Dandelion seeds fly because of a vortex created by the shape of their fluff. Really cool video!
Awkward botany blog and zine “Dispersal Stories”
Can CRISPR give us allergen free cats? (maybe)
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Our opening and closing music is Caravana by Phillip Gross
Until next time!