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UK scientists “amazed” by plants that can calculate


From the BBC:

Plants have a built-in capacity to do maths, which helps them regulate food reserves at night, research suggests.

UK scientists say they were “amazed” to find an example of such a sophisticated arithmetic calculation in biology.

Mathematical models show that the amount of starch consumed overnight is calculated by division in a process involving leaf chemicals, a John Innes Centre team reports in e-Life journal.

Terms like “amazed” and “astonished” (which also appears in the article) often feel like a synonym for “Darwinian evolution might not explain this.”

They never use such terms when they think they have found a Darwinian explanation, however implausible. Which tells you a lot.

It's that box of chocolates again... Oh! My! Axel
Smarty Plants: Inside the World's Only Plant-Intelligence Lab http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2007/10/veggie_intelligence bornagain77
Natural Selection dunnit of course. What's the problem? lifepsy

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