This Synthetic Leaf Turns Sunlight Into Drugs

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This article for Vice by Maddie Bender examines an amazing discovery in the drug world. Find out more with the excerpt below, then read the full piece here:

“Pharmaceutical drugs have an environmental cost in addition to a financial one. The average pharma plant uses nearly 15 times as much energy per square foot as a commercial office building, some of which is used for the chemical reactions required to make common medicines such as anti-malarial drugs. Now, researchers in the Netherlands say they’ve found a way to cut these energy costs by using sunlight and an artificial leaf to manufacture drugs whenever and wherever, from the jungle to the craters of Mars.”