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    08 Feb '15 09:374 edits
    Green sea slug has taken genes from algae it eats, allowing it to photosynthesize like a plant:

    http://phys.org/news/2015-02-sea-slug-genes-algae-photosynthesize.html

    Its back even looks just like a green leaf complete with branching leaf veins!

    I had thought about putting this in the "plants behaving like animals" thread
    but this is more like "animals behaving like plants"!
  2. Standard membervivify
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    09 Feb '15 04:36
    It would be interesting if some kind of procedure could allow humans this ability. It would help solve world hunger.
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    09 Feb '15 06:35
    Originally posted by humy
    I had thought about putting this in the "plants behaving like animals" thread but this is more like "animals behaving like plants"!
    Indeed.
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    09 Feb '15 06:38
    I have never lived in a place that has stick insects, but they are fascinating in how they mimic the appearance of vegetation.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phasmatodea
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    09 Feb '15 09:35
    Originally posted by vivify
    It would be interesting if some kind of procedure could allow humans this ability. It would help solve world hunger.
    As long as we grow huge flaps of skin that can be spread out to catch the sun and then spend all day sunbathing...

    😛
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    11 Feb '15 12:41
    Originally posted by vivify
    It would be interesting if some kind of procedure could allow humans this ability. It would help solve world hunger.
    Well if you see the surface of a human and their energy consumption you would ahve to stay nekd in the sun for long times to "eat"
  7. Subscribersonhouse
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    11 Feb '15 14:061 edit
    Originally posted by googlefudge
    As long as we grow huge flaps of skin that can be spread out to catch the sun and then spend all day sunbathing...

    😛
    And have protection from UV....You could have your video games right there, VR helmet and you go visit anywhere in the universe in VR.

    This might lead to the end of the human race, you would have to also contrive to make them immortal since they might not even bother to reproduce.....
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