These Glowing Plants Could Replace Your Boring, Electricity-Draining Lamps

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This week, scientists developed a watercress plant that glowed for nearly four hours, giving off enough light to read a book by. Experts injected "specialised nanoparticles" into the leaves of a watercress plant, the same thing that gives fireflies their perfect shine, to get the leaves (AND THE FUTURE) looking bright. Look, when we read news that sounds like the plot of a Marvel comic aimed at gardeners, we experience a very modern combination of utter fear and pure joy: we obviously definitely want beautiful plants that glow in the dark, but should we be allowed to have them? Yes? No? Help.

Anything that directly interferes with nature will always raise a discerning ethicist's eyebrow but, with the destruction of the planet happening in real time, there's a case to be made for measures like this, which would drastically reduce our electricity consumption and, theoretically, up the conversion of C02. Lighting currently constitutes around 20% of worldwide energy consumption, which would make the invention of a useable plant desk lamp very eco-frondly indeed. (GETTIT?)

Michael Strano, professor of chemical engineering at MIT and the senior author of the glowing-plant study, 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. Our work very seriously opens up the doorway to streetlamps that are nothing but treated trees, and to indirect lighting around homes.'

Don't believe us or Professor Michael Strano? Watch a video of the process over here




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