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In Search of the Northern Lights

On a clear January night in northern Sweden, after hours of squinting and wondering if this or that small cloud might be the northern lights, a shimmering, alien-green ribbon unfurled across the sky. Here, on the shore of the frozen Torne River, just outside the village of Kurravaara, there was …

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Scientists Have ‘Hacked Photosynthesis’ In Search Of More Productive Crops : The Salt : NPR

Scientists have re-engineered photosynthesis, the foundation of life on Earth, creating genetically modified plants that grow faster and bigger. Above, scientists measure how well modified tobacco plants photosynthesize compared to unmodified plants. Haley Ahlers/RIPE Project hide caption toggle caption Haley Ahlers/RIPE Project Scientists have re-engineered photosynthesis, the foundation of life …

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