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Street lamps replaced with glowing trees ?


Posted on Tuesday, 2 November, 2010 | Comment icon 4 comments | News tip by: Donna


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Taiwanese researchers are working on a way to replace street lamps with glow-in-the-dark trees.

The research involves lacing them with gold nanoparticles in order to turn their leaves in to bio-light-emitting diodes. If it proves successful it could provide a far more energy-efficient means with which to illuminate our streets.

"Researchers in Taiwan think they may eventually be able to replace street lamps with trees laced with gold nanoparticles that turn their leaves into bio-light-emitting diodes."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by DarthGluttonous on 2 November, 2010, 12:28
That would be cool until the seeds accidently found themselves in the wild with the help of man/ wind, that sort of thing, then there'll be forests of glowing trees which will throw off all the nocturnal animal's senses, disrupting the food chain and ending the world, lol.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Purplos on 2 November, 2010, 14:09
It says they emit red light though. I can't imagine walking along the street where everything is bathed in red light. Creeeepy.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Torgo on 2 November, 2010, 14:24
The process also requires the insertion of very specifically shaped gold nanoparticles into the leaves. This is not a genetic modification, it is a physical process that can be done to an individual plant and then must be maintained after leaves drop off. And I am pretty sure that it does not use the intrinsic chemical energy - the process appears to be: excite nanoparticles with ultraviolet light, they emit in a visible wavelength which gets captures by chlorophyll which in the process of absorbing most of that light fluoresces part of the energy away in the red part of the spectrum. I call B... [More]
Comment icon #4 Posted by merrick on 2 November, 2010, 22:21
I WANT ONE.


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