How can scientists make artificial leaves?



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    Scientists have produced an artificial leaf made from silicon.  In a basic sense they have taken a small chip off of a solar panel, ran some exposed micro-wires through it and submersed it in water.  This is not really a leaf, in the sense that it does not convert sunlight into plant sugars.  However, when the silicon leaf is submerged in water it breaks the bonds of H20, releasing hydrogen.  This hydrogen may then be used to power vehicles or create industrial and residential energy.  There are other features of this technology which make it very practical, such as the ability to use untreated water in the system.  

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