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PHOTOsynthesis PHOTOgraphed in Real Time!

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That’s right. Photosynthesis, the chemical process by which plants, algae, and cyanobacteria convert light into fuel, has been visually recorded as the reaction happens in real time using x-ray crystallography.  To be more specific, scientists captured the moment when Photosystem II splits water molecules into oxygen, protons, and electrons.  Using the SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source, the most powerful x-ray laser to diffract – and thereby visualize – the minute changes in Photsysem II’s structure as the water molecule is split.  The international team of researchers took femptosecond “snap-shots” to create a streaming view of the chemical reaction “in action”.

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Kristen E. Strubberg is the Editor-in-Chief for TGNR. Kristen founded TGNR in 2013 - seeking to create a high quality platform for original, eclectic and substantive positive news journalism by attracting expert contributors in many varying subjects. Kristen also works as a clinical medical researcher in Cardiology, with an original background in Neuroscience. Her passion for science has translated to her science-fiction specialization, with her highly adept published insights into the best of sci-fi’s popular culture. Kristen has served as TGNR’s Editor-in-Chief since 2013.

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