A-to-Z Challenge: Light


Hello, hope you had a wonderful weekend! One of nature’s most amazing natural phenomena is bio-luminescence, the ability of an organism to create its own light. Mother Nature is astounding!

Two years ago, MIT engineers embedded nano particles into a watercress plant so that it will glow in the dark for 4 hours. Various startups have created types of glowing plants with the vision that bio-luminescence will supplement or even replace electricity setting exciting trends in biotech-based lighting.

These projects have gone through their fair share of setbacks and critiques. Though one glowing plant project has shut down in 2017, I wonder if synthetic biology applications will be given another chance in the future. I feel curious enough to participate in some research projects exploring such alternative energy sources. Who knows? πŸ™‚

Bio-luminescent Organisms

Angler Bioluminescent – Distractify
Photo Credit: Inhabitat
Glowworms
Photo Credit: Inhabitat
Bioluminescent-fungus
Photo Credit: Inhabitat
Bioluminescent marine bacteria
Photo Credit: Inhabitat

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  1. MrsWayfarer says:

    This post is very informative, and the ‘glow’ photos are captivating. Have you seen any up close? I see them in movies but I wish I can see them in person (ie the jellyfish in the sea)

    1. theresaly520 says:

      No not myself, though I have some friends who are marine biologists who share stories and photos of their trips! It always leaves me in awe. πŸ™‚

  2. Sadje says:

    Very informative post.

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you Sadje! My A2Z challenges are informative this time around. πŸ™‚

      1. Sadje says:

        They all are a great source of information of unusual subjects.

  3. joyroses13 says:

    Great glowing pictures!

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thank you! It’s such a mystical sight for me to watch. πŸ™‚

      1. joyroses13 says:

        πŸ™‚ I can imagine!

  4. Joey Blue says:

    “I feel curious enough to participate in some research projects exploring such alternative energy sources.” Does this mean you want to be infused with bio-luminescence? πŸ˜€ Cool post, Sa!

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Thanks Joey! lol, I feel like you’ve just described a new fragrance…basking in the mist of bio-luminescence. πŸ™‚

      1. Joey Blue says:

        hmm how would that smell? we better patent our idea! πŸ˜€

        1. theresaly520 says:

          Wonder if it would be related to Jennifer Lopez’s Glowing perfume scent? πŸ˜‰ Something light and botanical perhaps.

          1. Joey Blue says:

            I haven’t smelled that one, but I’m thinking something like ultra male, with pear and vanilla but in an energetic way

  5. iScriblr says:

    Wow, this post is oozing of information and light! Kudos!❀️❀️

  6. MNL says:

    very cool posts. i didn’t know about the research into luminescent plants. very interesting. even if it didn’t work, maybe it’ll lead to a; more fruitful research path in an unexpected direction

  7. Lwbut says:

    After reading your post i did a bit of digging… bioluminescence is a chemical reaction involving the oxygenation of molecules called by the generic term ‘luciferins’, of which there are several different kinds, existing in both plants and animals/insects.
    As the luciferin breaks down after being oxidised and returns to a lower energy state photons of energy are given off.

    On a side track did you know scientists have created photon molecules??

    They can make individual photons form a stable combination with either one or two other photons giving Ph2 or Ph3 ‘molecules’ (which are, like a photon, massless!!)

    1. theresaly520 says:

      Cool! Hm.. I wonder if it was related to what one of my classmates was working on light photon electrical circuit..😊

      1. Lwbut says:

        There are lots of really amazing experiments going on in this ‘field’, pardon the pun. πŸ™‚

        1. theresaly520 says:

          I can always count on you for a reliable pun. πŸ˜‰

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