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Could fireflies replace LED lighting?

 
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Could fireflies replace LED lighting?
Could fireflies replace LED lighting?By Sarah Korones
Scientists at Syracuse University have discovered a way to harness the natural light of fireflies, a development that could lead to electricity and battery-free light products in the near future.

To capture the insects’ lovely glow, a research team led by Mathew Maye used nanotechnology to manipulate the process by which the bugs produce natural light, or bioluminescence.

Fireflies glow thanks to a chemical reaction between luciferin and the enzyme luciferase. In the lab, scientists attached the enzyme to a nanorod and later added luciferin, which acted as fuel for the light-up process. When the two components interacted, the energy released was transferred to the nanorods, causing them to glow.

The team calls the process Bioluminescence Resonance Energy Transfer (BRET).

For the researchers, the trick was to alter the size and structure of the nanorods perfectly in order to replicate the fireflies’ glowing process. By manipulating the size and shape of the nanorods, which were made from semiconductor metals, the scientists were also able to produce green, orange and red light as well as infrared illumination.

While the firefly light is currently only being produced in the lab (or in the great outdoors), the manufactured-glow could someday be useful to consumers. Once the team figures out how to sustain the chemical reaction for longer periods of time, scientists say the lightning bug glow could eventually replace LEDs and perhaps provide consumers with Christmas lights that don’t need to be plugged into the wall.

“The nanorods are made of the same materials used in computer chips, solar panels and LED lights,” Maye said in a statement. “It’s conceivable that someday firefly-coated nanorods could be inserted into LED-type lights that you don’t have to plug in.”



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All I am seeing is those scenes in Avatar full of bioilluminescence!

Hmmm, boring old street lights and fluro tubes? ... or living, glowing walls and street scapes...
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Re: Could fireflies replace LED lighting?
no
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Re: Could fireflies replace LED lighting?
They could make dual layer condoms and put this stuff in the middle.

You too can have a chemiluminescent boner.
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Re: Could fireflies replace LED lighting?
I saw that in a movie once. Cant recal the title. Looked like two light sabres fighting in a dark room.

If they perfect this stuff, I reckon wall paper made from it will make a big come back. Living wall paper. V cool.
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Re: Could fireflies replace LED lighting?
Sounds like a good hair day to me

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Could fireflies replace LED lighting?
Fireflies glow thanks to a chemical reaction between luciferin and the enzyme luciferase. In the lab, scientists attached the enzyme to a nanorod and later added luciferin, which acted as fuel for the light-up process. When the two components interacted, the energy released was transferred to the nanorods, causing them to glow.
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Snap!
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Re: Could fireflies replace LED lighting?
it's gotta have energy put into the system...it don't need electricity but ya gotta feed it...lucifer huh?
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Re: Could fireflies replace LED lighting?
Could fireflies replace LED lighting?By Sarah Korones
Scientists at Syracuse University have discovered a way to harness the natural light of fireflies, a development that could lead to electricity and battery-free light products in the near future.

To capture the insects’ lovely glow, a research team led by Mathew Maye used nanotechnology to manipulate the process by which the bugs produce natural light, or bioluminescence.

Fireflies glow thanks to a chemical reaction between luciferin and the enzyme luciferase. In the lab, scientists attached the enzyme to a nanorod and later added luciferin, which acted as fuel for the light-up process. When the two components interacted, the energy released was transferred to the nanorods, causing them to glow.

The team calls the process Bioluminescence Resonance Energy Transfer (BRET).

For the researchers, the trick was to alter the size and structure of the nanorods perfectly in order to replicate the fireflies’ glowing process. By manipulating the size and shape of the nanorods, which were made from semiconductor metals, the scientists were also able to produce green, orange and red light as well as infrared illumination.

While the firefly light is currently only being produced in the lab (or in the great outdoors), the manufactured-glow could someday be useful to consumers. Once the team figures out how to sustain the chemical reaction for longer periods of time, scientists say the lightning bug glow could eventually replace LEDs and perhaps provide consumers with Christmas lights that don’t need to be plugged into the wall.

“The nanorods are made of the same materials used in computer chips, solar panels and LED lights,” Maye said in a statement. “It’s conceivable that someday firefly-coated nanorods could be inserted into LED-type lights that you don’t have to plug in.”



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All I am seeing is those scenes in Avatar full of bioilluminescence!

Hmmm, boring old street lights and fluro tubes? ... or living, glowing walls and street scapes...
 Quoting: BadHairDay


Too funny. I just now emailed someone about what I call "lightning bugs". Before I even saw this post. We must be on the same wavelength, bro.

I say leave them alone. We've already fucked up this planet enough.
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Re: Could fireflies replace LED lighting?
Leave them alone - HAAHAaha
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Re: Could fireflies replace LED lighting?
What if we just asked them if they wouldnt mind lighting up? chuckle

If we could get our hands on those plants from Pandora... problem solved.
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