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Metal Science

This Plant Eats Heavy Metal

Posted by on May 13, 2014 at 11:08 am

Meet Rinorea niccolifera, a recently discovered plant that actually eats metal. How, you ask? It absorbs nickel in high quantities.

Seeing as only less than one-percent of plants can do this, and we like to make crappy metal jokes, this was a fine opportunity for us. The plant was found on Luzon Island in the Philippines, where the soil has a lot of nickel in it. Between this and the heaviest matter in the universe being discovered last week (slightly exaggerated in order to make a Gojira joke), science is on a roll with the heavies!

[via MetalSucks]

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