DESIGNhealth: Let There Be Light

Photo via DVice

Photo via Inhabit

One of my clients (thanks Lauren) passed this on because she knew I would love it… And, I do! To replace energy in-efficient street lights, Taiwanese researchers have embedded gold nano-particles into the leaves of trees causing them to give-off a reddish-yellow glow. The glowing installation is expected to cut carbon emissions and energy cost while safely illuminating the pathways for pedestrians and autos.

Photo via PopSci: Luminescence will cause leaves' chloroplasts to photosynthesize; further reducing carbon in the air

For other wonders in bio-luminescence, see my post about Curb’s sustainable design.

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