The US Food and Drug Administration has granted a group of researchers approval to proceed with the use of the controversial drug psilocybin, a psychedelic compound naturally produced in about 200 species of mushrooms, to treat patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression. This comes as welcome news for researchers that study psychedelic drugs, as current drug laws inhibit the study into the potential medical effects that the forbidden fungus may have to offer.
Researchers in Sweden have created what they are calling an electronic plant, a machine-plant hybrid that has electrically conductive wiring integrated into it’s internal structure. The research team sees a wide variety of applications for this development, including plants that can react to environmental changes, or plants that could act as electrical batteries, using photosynthesis as a power source.
Plants are generally considered to be more basic forms of life than animals. They cannot speak, or walk; they do not have powers of reasoning or conscious thought.
Or do they?
Scientists are now coming around to the idea that plants are sentient living beings, with a sophisticated awareness of their surroundings. Not only that, but research shows that they can communicate with one another, can pay attention to stimuli, have the capacity to memorize information. Charles Darwin was ahead of his time when he wrote his book "The Power of Movement in Plants", though at that time he was alone amongst his peers with this viewpoint.