Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Plants that count and communicate (TED Talk)

Dr. Greg Gage (TED, Nov. 1, 2017); Pat Macpherson, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

Electrical experiments with plants that count and communicate
We're alive and conscious, humans!
Neuroscientist Greg Gage takes sophisticated equipment used to study the human brain out of college-level labs and brings them to middle- and high-school classrooms (and the TED stage).
Prepare to be amazed as he hooks up the Mimosa pudica, a plant whose leaves shut when touched, and the Venus flytrap -- that clamps to catch its prey -- to an EKG machine to show us how plants use electrical signals to convey information, prompt movement, and count.
Check out more TED Talks at ted.com. The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment, and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts, and more. Twitter.com/TEDTalks, facebook.com/TED.

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