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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
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20 thoughts on “A-to-Z Challenge: Light

  1. 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)

  2. “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!

  3. 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

  4. 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!!)

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