Andrew A. Skolnick askolnick at
Thu Jul 8 19:05:48 EST 1999

Gene Douglas wrote:
> How about:  The sprouted group has absorbed nitrogen and CO2 from the
> atmosphere, which becomes a part of its chemistry?
> At any rate, if two atoms had been fused into a heavier element, they
> wouldn't weigh any more than the same two atoms separately.

Actually, it would weigh slightly less. In fusing, some of the mass of
the two atoms is converted to a huge amount of energy that would be
released in the fusion process.

-Andrew Skolnick

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