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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 12:05 PM
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How 'bioluminescent' trees that glow like fireflies could one day replace our streetlights
How 'bioluminescent' trees that glow like fireflies could one day replace our streetlights

Scientists are developing ways of making trees glow so they can be used as natural streetlights without the need for electricity.

A team of researchers are experimenting with genes to allow the trait that causes fireflies to glow -bioluminescence - to be implanted into a variety of different organisms.

As well as replacing traditional streetlights, bioluminescent plants would be useful for people who are not hooked up to the electricity grid.

And if more lights were ever required, they could simply be grown.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1333334/...
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siligut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 12:07 PM
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1. OK, this is cool
I can imagine some uses for this technology, amazing.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 12:14 PM
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2. Oh, there's no way THAT could possibly go wrong
:eyes:
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Tesha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 03:20 PM
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23. "Do you remember when there used to be darkness?" (NT)
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 12:18 PM
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3. Glowing pets will be next. Book it.
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The Velveteen Ocelot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 12:20 PM
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5. A glowing cat would be cool, and would also solve the problem
of them being able to see better in the dark than me and sneaking up on me and grabbing my ankle. I could see the little bastards coming.
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Mz Pip Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 12:22 PM
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8. It's been done!
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 12:21 PM
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7. It has already happened. google "glowing cat."
Edited on Fri Nov-26-10 12:27 PM by alfredo


Edit:

Another image:

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Liberal Veteran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 12:19 PM
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4. I, for one, welcome our future glowing sylvan overlords.
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 12:20 PM
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6. I wonder if it will disrupt the natural cycle for animals that
depend on that tree? What about the light dependent cycle of that tree? Will it affect flowering? Can the gene be passed on to other trees of the same species?
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 12:23 PM
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9. Avatar's Pandora comes to mind
The plants in the movie are bioluminescent at night.
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 12:36 PM
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12. As long as they don't try to "connect" to me.
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siligut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 01:30 PM
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19. Click the link
There is a pic from Avatar at the link. :) :hi:
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intheflow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 01:06 PM
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16. That was my first thought, too.
What effects will these plants have on the ecosystem? I find it disturbing that these scientists are looking to solve one problem (fossil-based electricity use in street lights) seemingly without taking a systemic approach to look at the real problems that have been caused by invasive plant species to local ecosystems.
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jeff47 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 10:22 PM
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24. Some answers
Animals: Not any more than the presence of a regular street light. Those seem to have only affected insect navigation. Keep in mind the full moon is pretty bright, and it's always been present during the evolution of animals.

Light cycle of the tree/flowering: No. Light cycles of trees are governed by two wavelengths of red light. Firefly biolumenesence is green. Experiments have been done where every other wavelength is blasted at deciduous plants and it did not effect their cycle.

Can the gene be passed on: Maybe. One can theoretically combine the gene for light with a gene for sterility to prevent this. But since this research is nowhere near the 'roll it out' phase, we have no idea what the final packaging will look like.
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 10:45 PM
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30. I want one in plaid, or can change colors like those cheesy
Edited on Fri Nov-26-10 10:46 PM by alfredo
aluminum christmas trees that came with the light with a color wheel.

Edited to add visual aid.

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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 12:24 PM
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10. COOL!
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 12:28 PM
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11. Bioengineering FAIL. Bioluminescence does NOT = illumination.
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 12:39 PM
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13. Try to find your way in a dark basement with a glow stick.
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jeff47 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 10:23 PM
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26. Try to find your way in a dark basement with 100 glow sticks spread around the room (nt)
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 10:40 PM
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29. Just like a Rave.
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jeff47 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 10:23 PM
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28. Only in scale. Enough bioluminescence causes illumination. (nt)
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NoodleyAppendage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 12:43 PM
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14. Avatar world environment. Cool, but beware unintended consequences.
I suspect nocturnal animals who rely upon the dark for hunting or protections might not be too thrilled to hear this news.

J
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RC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 01:00 PM
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15. Just what we need. More light pollution.
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Speck Tater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 01:11 PM
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17. Right. And back in the 60's everyone would have a personal flying car by 2000.
Who dreams up this stupid crap that will never actually happen?
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 01:31 PM
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20. And what happened to the Metric System, and 30-hour work week we were supposed to have by now?
Walt Disney lied.
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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 01:26 PM
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18. And nothing could possibly go wrong with this, now could it?
More stupid idiocy. As a neat science trick, OK, it's cool. However luminescent trees are not something we should unleash on the world.

How about we just power the street lights with solar or wind energy :shrug:
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Greyhound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 02:56 PM
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21. Good thing I check the old pages. Cool stuff like this sinks so quickly. K&R
:kick: & R

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immoderate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 02:59 PM
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22. If you make people glow, you won't need the trees.
--imm
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Edweird Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 10:22 PM
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25. Hey, I doubt it.
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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 10:23 PM
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27. i don't want bioluminescent trees.
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Skip Intro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-26-10 10:51 PM
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31. I don't think we should be messing with this stuff. nt
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TheKentuckian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-27-10 12:18 AM
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32. I kinda cotton to it but hope they are careful.
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