An interesting week for plants in the Washington Post. On the one hand, scientists in Austria, Finland, and Hungary have shown, by observing the nightly movements of trees, that said trees in fact sort of "sleep" at night: "During the hours of darkness, the trees appeared to relax, or droop, their branches at the tips by as much as four inches." On the other hand, other scientists have now created a kind of "cyborg plant" : "The idea is to create a smarter breed of plant, one that can respond to changes in its environment and let farmers know how it's holding up. Internal circuitry could even allow a plant to boost its growing or bloom on command." At the very moment that we are realizing the extent to which plants appear are like the Descartian-arborean-machines we thought they were, we start to invade them and re-technologize them. So much to say about this.
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