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World’s First Artificial Leaf Can Generate Oxygen By Itself

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Human race has always been fascinated by the idea of living on moon and other planets. However, the most crucial hurdle in such plans is the absence of oxygen on these planets and that has led to some amazing inventions.

Julian Melchiorri is a scientist and artist who has unveiled a synthetic leaf that can quite possibly transform the whole idea of space exploration.Artificial Leaf can Create Oxygen in Space

The breathing lead has been created from chloroplasts (responsible for photosynthesis) and is suspended in a body that has been made from silk protein.Artificial Leaf can Create Oxygen in Space 2

The leaf will absorb CO2 and produce oxygen and organic compounds as long as water and visible light are available.Artificial Leaf can Create Oxygen in Space 3

These leaves consume low energy, weight very less and are completely biological, thus imparting minimal impact to space flights (or your living room for that matter).Artificial Leaf can Create Oxygen in Space 4

Melchiorri claims that the material could be used for large scale applications as well.Artificial Leaf can Create Oxygen in Space5

He further said, “It could [also] be used for outdoor applications. So facades, ventilation systems. You can absorb air from outside, pass it through these biological filters and then bring oxygenated air inside.”

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