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Spinach could lead to alternative energy more powerful than Popeye
July 23, 2014
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.Spinach gave Popeye super strength, but it also holds the promise of a different power for a group of scientists: The ability to convert sunlight into a clean, efficient alternative fuel. Purdue University physicists are using spinach to study the proteins involved in photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert the sun's energy into carbohydrates used to power cellular processes.Full Story
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