You can charge your phone with a plant. The Bioo Lite planter harnesses the energy plants create during photosynthesis to charge just about any device, day or night. Source Source 2

The Indiegogo campaign tripled its goal. Ships in September.

They hope to use the initial run of planters to troubleshoot for bigger, public projects.


It’s unclear how they fund it, but the sea slug community appears to be employing some serious PR power lately. It’s hard getting word out that you’re incredibly beautiful and/or outrageously cute when you’re tiny and live on the ocean floor. Just last week we shared photos of Jorunna parva, sea slugs that look like fluffy bunnies. Today let’s delight in Costasiella kuroshimae or ‘Leaf Sheep,’ sea slugs that resemble adorable sheep covered in coats of leafy green wool. It’s like English animator Nick Park was working on concept art for an undersea episode of Shaun the Sheep:

Leaf Sheep are found in the waters off Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines. They grow to a mere 5 millimeters in length feed on algae, incorporating the chloroplasts into their awesome green leaflike coats using a process called kleptoplasty. This enables them to perform photosynthesis, so they aren’t just miniature aquatic leaf sheep, they’re solar-powered to boot!

Click here to learn more about these awesome underwater creatures.

Photos by Jim Lynn, Randi Ang, Johnny Chiu, and Lynn Wu respectively.

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Photosynthesis & Cellular Respiration Summary Sheets

hallo there! I got TON of messages asking if i could post the complete sets of my bio study sheets so here they are! First two are photosynthesis, and the last three are cellular respiration. If you look in the top right hand corner, I put the step number as well, eg Ps 1, Rs 3 :)

Okay so my teacher gave us a chart with the four sections that are on all of the study sheets: location, goals, process, and important bits. Later on in the quarter, she posted the answer key for them and I decided to make study sheets for each process. So i copied those four sections straight from the answer key. In the lower section of the study sheets, I wrote myself a little summary or explanation of certain part of the process or the mechanism as a whole. I basically explain it in my own words so it’s clearer to me on how the whole thing comes together.

and yup! thats about it! please feel free to ask me questions about my summary sheets ^_^