The discovery of the new metal-eating plant -- one of only 450 species out of 300,000 known vascular plants that can absorb
significant amounts of metal -- was detailed this week in Pensoft Publishers' open access journal PhytoKeys.
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For years, municipal water treatment operators have added aluminum to their tanks to make bacteria settle out of the final product, If Yokel's ongoing experiments show our bodies absorb
too much aluminum from tap water, the EPA may adopt stricter regulations.
The joints of the large pillars supporting the tile roof of the huge temple absorb
the shock of earthquakes and allow the pillars to tilt, but once the shaking is over the pillars return to their upright position.
After a carnivorous plant has captured its prey, it dissolves the meal to absorb
Absorbing materials are normally used in enclosures around equipment, but they also are used to absorb
acoustic energy from nearby sources.
To make a solar cell that absorbs
both visible and infrared light, Sargent envisions layering polymers that absorb
the visible part of the spectrum and polymers containing infrared-absorbing quantum dots.
Each fluorescent chemical absorbs
and emits different amounts of energy.
Titanium dioxide is great at splitting water, but it absorbs
only ultraviolet (UV) light, which constitutes a scant few percent of the solar energy reaching Earth's surface.
For example, an appale looks red because it absorbs
blue and green wavelengths, but reflects the red ones to our eyes.