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MIT’s tweak turns trees into glowing streetlights

Dec 19, 2017, 6:41 AM EST
(Source: q phia/flickr)
(Source: q phia/flickr)

Ever wondered if the trees lining along the streets could light them up at night? The idea is rooted in fantasy but could soon be a reality with MIT’s new hack that injects specialized nanoparticles into the leaves of a watercress plants making them glow like a desk lamp.

Inspired by fireflies, the MIT engineers embedded the plants with an enzyme, called luciferase, which emits light by tapping the metabolic energy of the plant itself, notes Design Boom.

The plant retains a dim glow for almost four hours but researchers believe the luminescence and its duration can be optimized with further tweaks, writes Mail Online.

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