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(UPI)   Street lamps are soooooo yesterday, the future holds glow-in-the-dark trees that will light your way   (upi.com) divider line 29
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2014-04-02 11:37:29 AM  
l.wigflip.com
 
2014-04-02 12:56:28 PM  
Good luck getting that by the people who freak out about GMOs without any understanding of science.  They'll probably worry that their dog will start to glow in the dark just from peeing on a tree.
 
2014-04-02 12:59:35 PM  
Don't they already have these in certain areas of Japan and Ukraine?
 
2014-04-02 01:09:41 PM  
Great, what's next? The Kin-strife?
 
2014-04-02 01:10:02 PM  

Farnn: Good luck getting that by the people who freak out about GMOs without any understanding of science.  They'll probably worry that their dog will start to glow in the dark just from peeing on a tree.


Sounds great, until I get sued for patent violations when the glowing trees pollinate my backyard, non-glowing trees.
 
2014-04-02 01:14:23 PM  

Farnn: Good luck getting that by the people who freak out about GMOs without any understanding of science.  They'll probably worry that their dog will start to glow in the dark just from peeing on a tree.


If you really want him to glow in the dark, he has to pee on an electric fence. And even then he only glows for a few seconds.
 
2014-04-02 01:29:58 PM  
shiatty farking idea. At least lamps can be shaded so that the illuminate the ground beneath and not radiate into the sky, creating more light pollution.

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How the hell are you going to shade a glowing godsdamned tree?
 
2014-04-02 01:49:27 PM  
TFA would have been more...ahem, "illuminating" with a photo of said tree.
 
2014-04-02 02:26:55 PM  
Better use of Glow-in-the-dark technology:

www.dumpaday.com
 
2014-04-02 03:37:49 PM  
We'll be able to disrupt the circadian rhythms of wildlife and increase the incidence of myopia at the same time!
 
2014-04-02 03:43:12 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: shiatty farking idea. At least lamps can be shaded so that the illuminate the ground beneath and not radiate into the sky, creating more light pollution.

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How the hell are you going to shade a glowing godsdamned tree?


You seem like an angry person.
 
2014-04-02 03:49:06 PM  
"Simpsons did it."
 
2014-04-02 03:50:52 PM  
i have seen this episode of x files!

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spoiler: it was glowing insects, not the trees themselves...
 
2014-04-02 03:59:48 PM  

Hollie Maea: ArcadianRefugee: shiatty farking idea. At least lamps can be shaded so that the illuminate the ground beneath and not radiate into the sky, creating more light pollution.

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How the hell are you going to shade a glowing godsdamned tree?

You seem like an angry person.


depending on your interests, almost anything can be a problem or a nuisance. for astronomers (and darkness enthusiats i guess) light can be the debil. you wouldn't believe how badly i was yelled at once for not shutting my car lights off soon enough when going to starparty.
 
2014-04-02 04:00:52 PM  
 
2014-04-02 04:05:07 PM  

whither_apophis: Great, what's next? The Kin-strife?


And I saw this after I posted. Yours was better too!
 
2014-04-02 04:29:51 PM  
Yes! Let's exterminate all nocturnal animal species worldwide!

shiat like this makes me want to join EarthFirst.
 
2014-04-02 04:37:15 PM  
So when I rake the leaves in the fall...I'll get electrocuted??
 
2014-04-02 05:39:58 PM  
FTA:
"Dutch innovator Daan Roosegaarde is proposing to make trees bio-luminescent so they, rather than street lamps, can light sidewalks and streets."

Ok, so the guy has a good idea he would like to see come to fruition.  Cool.

And then:
"He proposes if scientists could take the luminescent qualities of jellyfish and fireflies and genetically engineer it with foliage, streets could be lit with a much more aesthetic and environmentally friendly lighting system."

So the guy has an idea of something he would like to see, but has no clue as to how to do it or even whether it's feasible.  Why is this even an article?

I think it would be a great idea if people had cannons for arms.  It would make the world a much more awesome place.  I think if scientists can make that happen it would be cool.  Where's my damn article?
 
2014-04-02 06:44:30 PM  

RootBoy42: whither_apophis: Great, what's next? The Kin-strife?

And I saw this after I posted. Yours was better too!


Thanks. Ungoliant was my back up.
 
2014-04-02 08:28:12 PM  

sethen320: FTA:
"Dutch innovator Daan Roosegaarde is proposing to make trees bio-luminescent so they, rather than street lamps, can light sidewalks and streets."

Ok, so the guy has a good idea he would like to see come to fruition.  Cool.

And then:
"He proposes if scientists could take the luminescent qualities of jellyfish and fireflies and genetically engineer it with foliage, streets could be lit with a much more aesthetic and environmentally friendly lighting system."

So the guy has an idea of something he would like to see, but has no clue as to how to do it or even whether it's feasible.  Why is this even an article?

I think it would be a great idea if people had cannons for arms.  It would make the world a much more awesome place.  I think if scientists can make that happen it would be cool.  Where's my damn article?


I swear I remember seeing a photo of a tobacco plant with lightning big genes back in the late eighties in a respectable source. I could be wrong. I thought the tech would have been there already. I could see this working if they used something that didn't seed but needed grafting instead.
 
2014-04-02 09:07:55 PM  

divgradcurl: Hollie Maea: ArcadianRefugee: shiatty farking idea. At least lamps can be shaded so that the illuminate the ground beneath and not radiate into the sky, creating more light pollution.

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How the hell are you going to shade a glowing godsdamned tree?

You seem like an angry person.

depending on your interests, almost anything can be a problem or a nuisance. for astronomers (and darkness enthusiats i guess) light can be the debil. you wouldn't believe how badly i was yelled at once for not shutting my car lights off soon enough when going to starparty.


Was the star party down town? Cities are already farked when it comes to light pollution.  And replacing 10,000 lumen lights with 10 lumen trees won't make it worse, even if they aren't shielded on top.  Probably won't make the street very bright either,but I'm not going to tear up my couch pillows in rage over the thought experiment.
 
2014-04-02 10:07:06 PM  

Hollie Maea: divgradcurl: Hollie Maea: ArcadianRefugee: shiatty farking idea. At least lamps can be shaded so that the illuminate the ground beneath and not radiate into the sky, creating more light pollution.

[1.bp.blogspot.com image 454x250]

How the hell are you going to shade a glowing godsdamned tree?

You seem like an angry person.

depending on your interests, almost anything can be a problem or a nuisance. for astronomers (and darkness enthusiats i guess) light can be the debil. you wouldn't believe how badly i was yelled at once for not shutting my car lights off soon enough when going to starparty.

Was the star party down town? Cities are already farked when it comes to light pollution.  And replacing 10,000 lumen lights with 10 lumen trees won't make it worse, even if they aren't shielded on top.  Probably won't make the street very bright either,but I'm not going to tear up my couch pillows in rage over the thought experiment.


You really should try it sometime.
 
2014-04-02 10:21:09 PM  
ATP DOES NOT THERMODYNAMICS LUCIFERIN THAT WAY PHOSPHATASE OUCH BYE.
 
2014-04-02 10:22:04 PM  
Yah, I'm not seeing a lot of light pollution, and even less street lighting. The luciferase / luciferin thing is *extremely* faint and inefficient, it'd be too expensive for the plant to do much to illuminate your way. It could probably be a border in a dark place, but not much more than that. I'd be pleased to hear I'm wrong, 'cause that would be cool, but...

Decades ago when a friend was working on her molecular-bio doctorate we had a great conversation on it, and we were going to make glow-in-the-dark spider plants.

Then again, we also discussed algae and crabgrass that could make Delta-9 THC. Take that as you will.

/ Laurelin lives! Telperion notsomuch... Actually, this would be more along the lines of Vardalin or somesuch.
 
2014-04-02 10:27:32 PM  
picturescrazy:

I swear I remember seeing a photo of a tobacco plant with lightning big genes back in the late eighties in a respectable source. I could be wrong. I thought the tech would have been there already. I could see this working if they used something that didn't seed but needed grafting instead.

"tobacco mosaic virus" and luceferin and luciferase would be the keywords. I don't know if it still is, but it was a very useful technique for a while, and neat!
 
2014-04-02 10:34:09 PM  
One more thing before shutting up...

If you see a cat or rabbit or plant glowing in pictures about this sort of thing?

They're not lying, but the light put out is something less than a glow-in-the-dark sticker you got from a Crackerjack box some 10 hours after you turned the lights off. It's there, it exists, but it is very faint.
 
2014-04-02 11:06:18 PM  
I am kind of curious as to how fireflies can pump so much energy into their flashes. Any more knowledgeable Farkers feel up to explaining to the stupid?
 
2014-04-03 05:31:36 PM  

ArcadianRefugee: shiatty farking idea. At least lamps can be shaded so that the illuminate the ground beneath and not radiate into the sky, creating more light pollution.

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How the hell are you going to shade a glowing godsdamned tree?


If it were possible to engineer so that only the underside of leaves glowed, that would do it.

/also look pretty cool
 
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