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The golden glow of street lights could soon be replaced by the green fluorescence of tree leaves. Scientists from the Academia Sinica and the National Cheng Kung University in Taipei and Tainan have implanted glowing, sea urchin shaped gold nanoparticles, known as bio light emitting diodes, or bio LEDs, inside the leaves of a plant.
The new nanoparticles could replace the electricity powered street light with biologically powered light that removes CO2 from the atmosphere 24 hours a days.
"In the future, bio-LED could be used to make roadside trees luminescent at night," said Yen-Hsun Su in an interview with Chemistry World. "This will save energy and absorb CO2 as the bio-LED luminescence will cause the chloroplast to conduct photosynthesis."
Scientists have created the ultimate pet: genetically modified fish that glow in the dark. In future, there will be no need for aquarium lights - fluorescent fish will provide their own illumination.
And that is just the start. Scientists believe Night Pearl bio-fish represent the shape of pets to come. Our household animals will come with extra genes that will stop them shedding fur or triggering allergic reactions. And when one dies, its owner will simply clone it.
But the prospect of GM pets has outraged pet dealers. The nation's aquarium industry last week said it had backballed the Night Pearl. 'This is the thin end of the wedge,' said Keith Davenport, chief executive of the Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association. 'You could put all sorts of different genes in animals and do all sorts of damage.'
The Night Pearl began as a research tool created by HJ Tsai, a professor at National Taiwan University. He was looking for a way to make fish organs easier to see when studying them, and isolated a gene for a fluorescent protein that he had extracted from jellyfish and inserted it into the genome of a zebrafish. To his astonishment, the jellyfish gene made whole zebrafish glow.
Originally posted by GetRadNZ
reply to post by GrisGris
That would be sooo awesome, but when autumn comes wouldn't a majority of the leaves fall off and there wouldn't be much light left?
Does this remind anyone else of the movie avatar?
Originally posted by resistancia
As well as the trees being very pretty and providing light, I'll bet they will also come equipped with CCTC (closed circuit tv). I do not trust all this new technology
Instead of having cameras that are seen by everyone....they will resort to stealth
Just putting that out there for you to chew on
London has 10,000 crime-fighting CCTV cameras which cost £200 million, figures show today.
But an analysis of the publicly funded spy network, which is owned and controlled by local authorities and Transport for London, has cast doubt on its ability to help solve crime.
A comparison of the number of cameras in each London borough with the proportion of crimes solved there found that police are no more likely to catch offenders in areas with hundreds of cameras than in those with hardly any.
Originally posted by AdAstra
Just when you think that MAYBE science is slowly, very slowly, catching up wth the actual needs of humans (and other species), something like this comes along.....
Personally not only do I not find cool or exciting, I think it's perverse and therefore downright ugly.
But I don't fear it, it's not like such a thing would ever be accepted, except in a world totally devoid of the last shred of common sense.
But I guess many scientists view this world as their private little Legoland....
Which is fine by me, but I don't see why they should get paid for it.