MIT engineers just unveiled living, glowing plants

December 13, 2017 by  
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Glowing plants might sound like the stuff of science fiction – but a team of MIT researchers just grew a crop of watercress that emits emit dim light for almost four hours. Postdoctoral researcher Seon-Yeong Kwak led a team of engineers and scientists to instill the plants with the same enzyme that makes fireflies sparkle. MIT chemical engineering professor Michael Strano said, “The vision is to make a plant that will function as a desk lamp – a lamp that you don’t have to plug in. The light is ultimately powered by the energy metabolism of the plant itself.” Plant lamps or even tree street lights could brighten our world in the future thanks to recent research on glowing plants. The plants are illuminated by luciferase – the same enzyme that helps fireflies shine. Luciferase acts on the molecule luciferin to give off light. The team put these three components into nanoparticle carriers to get them to the correct part of a plant. The scientists showed they can also turn off the light by adding nanoparticles with a luciferase inhibitor, so they think they could eventually create plants that stop emitting light in response to conditions like sunlight. Related: 5 Bioluminescent Species that Light Up the World Past experiments to create light-emitting plants attempted to genetically engineer plants to express the gene for luciferase, according to MIT . But it’s a process that takes a lot of work for very dim light – and it’s often limited to just one plant type. The new MIT process can work on any kind of plant; so far the scientists have demonstrated it with watercress, kale, arugula, and spinach. They hope to be able to spray or paint the nanoparticles on leaves with future iterations, so trees or large plants could serve as light sources. The journal Nano Letters published the research online in November. Scientists from the University of California, Riverside and the University of California, Berkeley contributed to the work. + Nano Letters + MIT News Images via Seon-Yeong Kwak

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VIDEO: Artists transform plants into an amazing “Bioluminescent Forest”

January 7, 2015 by  
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A multimedia artist, an animator, and a movie producer have teamed up to make an enchanting short film around the ability that some organisms have to produce light . Tarek Mawad, Friedrich Van Schoor and Achim Treu created the “Bioluminescent Forest”; a 4-minute film in which they give plants, mushrooms, insects, and frogs bioluminescent qualities. Created using digital mapping, the brilliant piece enhances the natural beauty of the forest and its creatures. Read the rest of VIDEO: Artists transform plants into an amazing “Bioluminescent Forest” Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Achim Treu , artificial glow , bioluminescence , bioluminescent , Bioluminescent Forest , Bioluminescent Forest film , bioluminescent insects , digital mapping , fake bioluminescence , fake glow , Film , filmmaking , Friedrich Van Schoor , frogs , fungi , glowing , glowing animals , glowing insects , glowing lichen , insects , lichen , magical forest , short video , Tarek Mawad

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Solar-Powered Photoluminescent Resin Can Light Up Highways and Helmets

November 13, 2014 by  
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UK-based company  Eli Chem Resins has harnessed the luminous magic of  photoluminescence  to create a non-toxic, glow-in-the-dark powder that can be mixed with resin to create glowing objects of just about any shape or size. Non-hazardous and non-radioactive, Eli Glow charges up after only 30 minutes of exposure to daylight and can glow  for up to 10 hours in darkness. Rather than just reflecting light, this  photoluminescent powder absorb radiant U.V. and then release it as ambient light, rather than just reflecting it. By day, the resin is pale and straw-colored, but will glow aquamarine, yellow-green, or cobalt blue at night. Eli Glow has an indefinite usable lifetime, and can be of great benefit for everything from artistic effects to safety features for highways , and doorway entrances, thus reducing the need for electric lighting. + Eli Chem Resins Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Eli Chem , Eli Chem Resins , Eli Glow , glow , Glow-in-the-dark , glowing , glowing plastic , glowing resin , glowing resins , non-toxic , non-toxic resin , photoluminescence , photoluminescent , resin , resins , U.V. , U.V. resins , U.V. spectrum , UV

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Graypants’ Garage Receives Glowing Accolades as 2013 AIA Award Winner for Washington Architecture

January 17, 2014 by  
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The Glowing Plant Project: New DIY Kits Let Anyone Create Their Own Bioluminescent Blooms

May 24, 2013 by  
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Recently Inhabitat wrote about the Glowing Plants project , an idea that uses the science of bioluminescence to light up a room using plants. The Kickstarter campaign, created by the team of bio-engineers responsible for the technology, has been such a hit that the creators have decided to reward pledgers with the best gift yet: a kit that allows anyone to grow their own glowing plants right at home. READ MORE > Read the rest of The Glowing Plant Project: New DIY Kits Let Anyone Create Their Own Bioluminescent Blooms Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bioluminescence , bioluminescence innovation , bioluminescence technology , Glowing Plant Kickstarter Campaign , Glowing Plant Maker Kit , Glowing Plant Project , green lighting , kickstarter project , Rewards for Kickstarter Pledges , sustainable lighting innovations , sustainable lighting plants        

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Glowing Plant Project Creates Bioluminescent Plants For Natural Lighting

April 29, 2013 by  
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Why use a light bulb to illuminate your home when you could just fill it with glowing plants ? That’s the question asked by Antony Evans, the head of a team of bio-engineers in San Francisco, California. The team has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a project that will use the glowing genes from fireflies and bacteria to create plants that shine. By using synthetic biology and Genome Compiler software, the have already managed to modify Arabidopsis plants, and they’re working on glowing roses. Read the rest of Glowing Plant Project Creates Bioluminescent Plants For Natural Lighting Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: antony eveans , arabidopsis , bioengineer , California , CO2 , gene , genome compiler , glowing plant , kickstarter , luciferase , rose , San Francisco , seeds        

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La Plat-forme Maison Passive Produces a Cheeky Video to Promote Energy Efficiency

April 29, 2013 by  
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Leave it to the Europeans to give  Passive Houses  sex appeal. La Plate-forme Maison Passive (PMP)  recently released this tongue-in-cheek video promoting passive housing that features a character who visits a Passive House enthusiast-escort. The PMP released the video as a lighthearted approach to spreading the word about energy efficiency as part of a campaign for the development of Passive Houses in Belgium. Keep reading to see the video. Read the rest of La Plat-forme Maison Passive Produces a Cheeky Video to Promote Energy Efficiency Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , eco design , green design , La Plate-forme Maison Passive , passive heating and cooling , passive house , sustainable design , zero energy living        

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Foster and Partners Unveil Updated Bike-Friendly Plan for Apple’s Cupertino Headquarters

April 29, 2013 by  
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LEED Platinum-Certified George W. Bush Presidential Library Opens in Dallas

April 29, 2013 by  
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Repurposed Shipping Container Offices by DX Arquitectos Pop Up in Santiago de Chile

April 29, 2013 by  
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