Inventor Develops Synthetic “Leaf” That Produces Oxygen

Silk Leaf

photo credit: Julian Melchiorri on IFLS

Lisa Winter reports on IFLS that Julian Melchiorri, a graduate of the Royal College of Art, claims to have developed a silk leaf that could create oxygen for space travel as well as make the air nicer here on Earth. 
Read more at http://www.iflscience.com/technology/inventor-develops-synthetic-leaf-produces-oxygen#sH35ITcFsLrJj5Xa.99

Invisible Black?

Excerpt from SMH article: The nanotube material, named Vantablack, absorbs all but 0.035 per cent of visual light – a new record according to the British scientists who created it.

Made of carbon nanotubes each 10,000-times thinner than a human hair, the blacker-than-black material is produced on sheets of aluminium foil. When crumpled, the uneven surfaces covered with the material become indistinguishable.

“It’s like black, like a hole, like there’s nothing there,” Surrey NanoSystems chief technical officer Ben Jensen told The Independent.

Full Article:
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/scientists-create-an-invisible-black-20140715-ztcd9.html