Gene Douglas genedoug at
Thu Jul 8 19:13:49 EST 1999

Andrew A. Skolnick wrote in message <37853CDC.5EC at>...
 :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

I suppose if a plant needed to keep warm, setting up a nuclear reaction
would be the way to do it.

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