Professor John Moses, chemist at the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science at La Trobe University, walks to the corner of his lab and opens the lid on a large bucket of brown seeds. ‘We paid $10 a kilo for this lot of Voacanga africana’, he tells me. ‘We first bought them on eBay and now we source them from a farm in Ghana.’
Where does the periodic table of elements end? Is there a final element, or are ever-increasing atomic numbers possible?
Researchers have extracted the molecules that power the majestic glowworm displays in New Zealand’s Waitomo Caves.