Making Hydrogen Like Plants

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Making hydrogen like plants described in ABC (Australia) News in Science, 18 August 2008. A team of Australian and US researchers have harvested hydrogen from water using a process similar to the way plants split water molecules during the process of photosynthesis, using manganese clusters. The scientists used artificial manganese clusters, called cubanes, which were developed by Charles Dismukes, a chemist from Princeton University. Leone Spiccia of Monash University commented: "We have copied nature, taking the elements and mechanisms found in plant life that have evolved over three billion years and recreated one of those processes in the laboratory." The team hope to reinforce the connection with plants by developing molecules that are like chlorophyll and extract the energy for the system from light rather than electricity.

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Editorial Comment: Cubanes were developed by clever scientists applying their creative intelligence to a problem. Therefore, these scientists are foolish to believe that manganese clusters in photosynthesis came about by chance random processes happening over millions of years. More time only produces more randomness. If these researchers do manage to make an efficient system that collects energy from light and splits water molecules they will have proven what we repeat over and over again – time does not make things – process does and it takes creative design and manipulation of chemicals to make such a system, which is evidence that an even smarter Creator made plants. (Ref. energy, chemistry, botany)

Evidence News 24 Sept 2008

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