DAY 3: Chlorophyll and levitating frogs

Day 3 and there’s no let up in the number of chats and questions – 4,400 students registered and nearly 2,500 answered questions, not to mention loads more chats!

Today’s highlights in the New Materials Zone:

  • Student theantihiggs questions Stuart’s research:

theantihiggs : why do you need to develop all of these new dyes instead of using the one that nearly all plants use every day, chlorophyll.

stuartarcher : the problem with chlorphyll is that is only works when it’s inside the leaf surrounded by all the other stuff that;s in there, such as proteins and other molecules, it doesn’t work well on it’s own. Plus, we don’t really understand fully how it works yet – there are people hoping to unlock it’s secrets for the same purpose. Also, the dyes we make are for studying the fundamental processes behind photosynthesis, we want to keep them nice and simple at first

  • Simone explains diamagnetism (check out the levitating frog!): 

How does diamagnetism work?

  • And a world without science…

What do you think the world would be like if there was no such thing as science?


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