Neon Trees

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Taiwanese researchers have stumbled onto something truly magical. When gold nanoparticles were introduced into Bacopa caroliniana plants they caused the chlorophyll to produce reddish light. Bye-bye street lights? But wait, there's more:

While lit, the glowing trees vegetation consumed more carbon from the atmosphere than normal (i.e. the luminescence causes the cells to undergo photosynthesis).

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PopSci calls this a "triple threat," in that the trees could cut energy costs, reduce global warming and keep streets safely lit at night. I'm more than inclined to agree. [RSC Publishing via Inhabitat via PopSci, Image: Flickr]



Sounds too good to be true. Which means it probably is...

I hate to be that guy, but these trees will probably be expensive as hell, hard to maintain, and then eventually be found to cause cancer and rape mother nature.

Hopefully not, but I'm still not going to be an early adopter.