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Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 4.27

The Black Plants edition

Plants in multi-star systems could be black instead of green. “According to a new study, Earth-like alien planets with multiple suns may host trees and shrubs that are black or gray instead of the more familiar green. It all depends on the particulars of the light available for photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert sunlight into energy. Photosynthesis produces oxygen and ultimately provides the basis for most life on Earth. ‘If a planet were found in a system with two or more stars, there would potentially be multiple sources of energy available to drive photosynthesis,’ study lead author Jack O’Malley-James, of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, said in a statement. ‘The temperature of a star determines its color and, hence, the color of light used for photosynthesis. Depending on the colors of their starlight, plants would evolve very differently.’” (via The Christian Science Monitor)

High school boy kicked out of class for wearing high heals. (via Gawker)

Did you know women get abortions so they can be more like lesbians? Me neither! (via Feministing)

Even though I’m still waiting on my invitation to the royal wedding, I’m brushing up on how to act when I meet the queen. (via How To Do Everything)

Image credit: Victor Bezrukov

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