Power of Maths, underestimate not!

Leaf lamina. The leaf architecture probably ar...
Leaf lamina. The leaf architecture probably arose multiple times in the plant lineage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Remember that business about plants using quantum mechanics to do photosynthesis i.e. make food from sunlight I wrote in an earlier blog? Well now comes the news that plants can do simple maths to work out how to store and release energy during the night, when there is no sunlight. See here. This is not science fiction. It’s reality.

And yet there is very little in the way of science fiction using plants. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham comes to mind. I seem to remember Orson Scott Card doing something, but not along these lines.

So here is an interesting opportunity for science fiction writers to write something interesting… yes, I’ve already written a short and am awaiting the result of a sub… it’s a long wait!

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