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Bioluminescence is not just a weirdly beautiful quality of some mushrooms. It's also a useful way to figure out, for instance, whether you've found a patch of delicious chanterelles or their look-alike Jack-o-lantern mushrooms, which are poisonous. But why does it happen?
In the future, the lines between technology and nature will continue to blur, as we create innovative approaches to renewable energy. It's actually already happening, and there's no better example than the Eventual, a bio art project by two designers from the University of Pennsylvania.