The First Man Made Leaf Looks like a Leaf

Van Mensvoort
August 14th 2014

Recent Royal College of Art graduate Julian Melchiorri created a synthetic biological leaf that absorbs water and carbon dioxide to produce oxygen just like a plant.

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Like the leaves of a plant, the man made leaf needs light and a small amount of water to produce oxygen. According to its designer, applications range from living lamps, to architectural facades, to climate systems in space ships, enabling long term space traveling. The leaf consists of chloroplasts suspended in a matrix made out of silk protein.

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Dezeen did a video interview with the young inventor of the artificial leaf, which deliberately or not, looks a lot like the familiar leaves of an older nature.

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Should men be able to give birth to children?


Koert van Mensvoort: Is the artificial womb frankenstein-like symbol of (male) engineers trying to steal the magical womb from women? Or… is it a feminist project and needed to reach through equality between the sexes? I personally lean towards the latter. To me it feels like progress if a girl can tell a guy to carry the womb for a change.

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