It's the first critter discovered to produce the plant pigment chlorophyll. The sneaky slugs seem to have stolen the genes that enable this skill from algae that they've eaten. With their contraband genes, the slugs can carry out photosynthesis — the process plants use to convert sunlight into energy. "They can make their energy-containing molecules without having to eat anything," said Sidney Pierce, a biologist at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Pierce has been studying the unique creatures, officially called Elysia chlorotica, for about 20 years. "This is the first time that multicellar animals have been able to produce chlorophyll," Pierce told LiveScience.
The sea slugs live in salt marshes in New England and Canada. "We collect them and we keep them in aquaria for months," Pierce said. The slugs accomplishment is quite a feat, and scientists aren't yet sure how the animals actually appropriate the genes they need. The Open Biomedical Ontologies. Cells. Learn.Genetics™ Organize-It: Test Yourself on Biology Categories. Terraforming. Transplanting seas to inland ocean lakes?
A good idea for the Middle East? The two century-old and highly respected Japanese engineering giant Shimizu has hatched a wild and crazy proposal to rehabilitate the desert for human use. Their idea is to move vast amounts of seawater along canals that would track deep into desert landmasses to create a series of connected huge inland seas measuring 30 km (18 miles) across. Small cities could then be created within the gigantic seawater “lakes,” on artificial islands. Each seawater lake with its city would spaced apart along connecting canals measuring 150 km (93 miles) between each seawater lake city.
A similarly massive water project initiated by Libya transfers fresh water from a distant underground aquifer. By contrast, this project uses seawater, already on the surface. The seawater itself in the lakes could support fish farming, which would bring a source of protein into arid deserts. Image:Shimizu Corporation ::Shimizu Corporation. Solutions Alternatives. Your Sky. By John Walker Welcome to Your Sky, the interactive planetarium of the Web.
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