From nature to high-tech, there's only one tiny step. Let's take that step with Nature = Future, a series that is all about scientific knowledge and the wonders of nature. We discover how scientists reproduce these unique properties from the living world to give us a future that will be more intelligent and more sustainable through design.
On the model of diatoms, cellular microorganisms surrounded by a glass hull in the water, we are now able to manufacture a variety of materials, at room temperature, very useful for many industrial and medical applications.
It has been discovered that the component which gives to the African Peach its painkiller properties, is a natural molecule identical at 100 % to a well-known synthetic molecule. This will treat local people and help discovering new active components.
Some rare plants have the ability to decontaminate soil. Extracting natural chemicals from these species brings new efficient and ecological catalysts for industry. This is the revolution of green chemistry.