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Your Future Smartphone Could Be Made of Plant Extracts, Scientist Says

According to scientists, semi-metal Germanium can be found in plants.


That smartphone in your pocket could well be made of plants soon.

A group of scientists from Freiburg University of Mining and Technology are claiming that in the near future, some precious metals doesn’t have to be mined underground but could simply be extracted from plants.

Germanium, an important semi-metal often used in smartphones and computers, doesn’t have to be difficult to obtain since they’re easily available through many green plants.

Which plants would they be, you ask? Well, these researchers are saying that the element can be extracted from corn, reed canary grass, and sunflower, among others.

Germanium, a semi-metal used to create smartphones can be found in corn and other plants.

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In an interview with Reuters, Professor Hermann Heilmeier said about the process:

“What is being cultivated in this field are various energy crops — for example sunflowers, corn, reed canary grass – but instead of using them for energy purposes we want to use them for phytomining. In German we call it ‘mining with plants’. We want to bring elements that are present in the soil into the roots and shoots of the plants, harvest them and then extract these elements from the plants after they have been used for energy, that is to say fermented.”

He further elaborated that plants have the natural capability to absorb the soil’s germanium through their roots. After harvesting the plants, they go through fermentation and the biogas are collected to extract the germanium.

This is a good news for the technology industry especially since demand for germanium is often high. The element is used as a semiconductor and a transistor for different applications such as fluorescent lamps, LEDs, solar panels, camera lenses, and many others.

Although the project is still in early development, the researchers are positive that it will succeed.

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As of the moment, the silvery semi-metal is rare and can only be found in small quantities. Commercial production is often done by processing zinc smelter flue dust or by burning coals.

This just means that if the project succeeds, this could be a huge game-changer. Obtaining the chemical will be so much easier and many consumers will benefit from it as more manufacturers use the technology. Maybe someday smartphones can be less costly!

H/T: IFLScience



Elon Musk Reveals Plan to Nuke Mars to Make it Habitable for Humans

Elon Musk seriously proposed that we should nuke Mars.

Scientists have been studying the atmosphere in Mars and have been formulating plans to make the planet inhabitable. Why? Do we have to live somewhere else because the world is getting too crowded? Will an asteroid collide with Earth and instantly kill us all?

Stephen Hawking, one of the world’s leading theoretical physicist, told ABC news that the planet Earth will be facing imminent destruction in the next 1,000 or 10,000 years. The cosmologist suggests that by then, we should have moved out into space, into other planets or stars to avoid total annihilation.

“This is not a prophesy of doom, but a wake-up call,” he said. “There is a possibility that the human race could go extinct, but it is not inevitable,” Hawking added.

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This Massive Air Filter Not Only Cleans Air – It Also Turns Smog To Jewelry!

This 23-feet filter not only makes air breathable – it also turns smog into jewelry.

Author Amit Abraham once said “Love is in the air but the air is highly polluted.”

Although obviously spoken in jest, the sad fact is that statement contains so much truth. The quality of the air we breathe right now is absolutely worse compared with what we used to enjoy about, say, a decade ago.

What’s even more disturbing is that recent researches continue to affirm that. For example, the UC Berkeley released a shocking statistic that says smogs claim around 4,000 lives in China every day. .

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Man Creates Homemade Helicopter Out of 54 Drones – And It’s So Awesome!

YouTube channel gasturbine101 just uploaded a video of a huge man-carrying drone – and it looks very awesome!

Drones are all the rage these days. It’s become one of the favorite hobbies of many because it’s actually fun to fly those things around. They kind of give you a shot at fulfilling your childhood fantasies of being a pilot.

On top of that, drones can be perfect for taking fantastic photos and videos as well. Other times, they may even be used to do good deeds – such as delivering burgers for the homeless, for example.

Well this guy just took the drone’s cool factor to a whole new level.

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