By Amanda Monteiro, Collective Evolution
Have you ever heard of Julian Melchiorri? In 2014, this design engineer, biotechnologist, and Royal College of Art graduate developed the first synthetic biological leaf, Silk Leaf, aimed to enable long-distance space travel. The leaf absorbs water and carbon dioxide to produce oxygen and, just like a plant, it needs light and a small amount of water to function.
The Silk Leaf project consists of chloroplasts suspended in a matrix made out of silk protein. Continue reading Check Out This “Living” Chandelier Made With Algae-Filled Leaves That Naturally Purifies The Air