The Denver Museum of Nature and Science are using the common school experiment; ‘which environment do plants grow best in’ for a new campaign. Using a livestream at talktoaplant.com – it is pretty boring 24 hour watching to be very honest – user’s can see two plants, Plant A surrounded by speakers, Plant B all on it’s own. They can tweet in a message via the site with the #talktoaplant hashtag to plant A that an automated robot then reads aloud to the plant. Plant B gets no one talking to it, poor thing. The plants are judged by height, leaf colour and leaf size to determine which one is growing better. So far plant A is winning, which backs up the theory that plants grow better when they’re spoken to.
The campaign is beginning to gain traction – apparently it’s pretty boring watching plants grow but hilarious to hear a robot read your tweet to them. The museum is running the experiment over the next few months in order to drive people to their new exhibition, Mythbusters.
— danielle wynne (@yelaness) October 10, 2013