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No More Light Bulbs: Bioluminescence and Glowing Plants #SaturdayMorningCartoons

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Some lucky animals are naturally endowed with bioluminescence, or the ability to create light. The firefly, the anglerfish, and a few more surprising creatures use this ability in many ways, including survival, hunting, and mating. Leslie Kenna investigates this magical glow – and our quest to replicate it.

And also the fine folks at MIT are working on glowing plants

You may one day be able to light your home with nothing more than houseplants. It sounds far-fetched, but a group of MIT scientists has turned what sounds like an absurd sci-fi premise into reality.
A “plant nanobionic approach” could allow for “exceptional luminosity and lifetime,” says a group of MIT engineers that has invented glowing plants by introducing chemically interacting nanoparticles into the leaves of a watercress plant.
The specialized nanoparticles include firefly luciferase (enzyme that creates bioluminescence in fireflies), d-luciferin (another bioluminescent) and semiconductor nanocrystal (has photoluminescence properties), which all appear to be sufficient aids in getting something lit.

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