Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
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bioluminescent landscaping

genetically engineered plants used to decorate yards
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A while ago, genetic engineers transfered genes responsable for the luciferin and luciferase proteins into a tobacco plant. These firefly proteins were then manufactured by the tobacco plant, causing it to glow and emit light. What if this technology could be extended further to say, a maple tree or a juniper bush? Bioluminescent plants could be planted in people's yards, emitting faint yellowish-green light. Glowing shrubs might be planted around the perimeter of homes, or along driveways. These plants would provide a unique alternative to expensive, electricity-consuming lights that are used today.
marcromind, Apr 20 2001


       I don't think these plants are actually visibly bioluminescent; the photos are all long-exposure shots. Plants don't produce enough energy internally to support much in the way of lighting.   


       "So they came slowly to the white bridge. Here the road, gleaming faintly, passed over the steam in the midst of the valley, and went on, winding deviously up towards the city's gate: a black mouth opening in the outer circle of the northward walls. Wide flats lay on either bank, shadowy meads filled with pale white flowers. Luminous these were too, beautiful and yet horrible of shape, like the demented forms in an uneasy dream; and they gave forth a faint sickening charnel-smell; an odour of rottenness filled the air."
egnor, Apr 21 2001

       i like ( would solve family presents for years to come - we're into tack) but one thing - how do you turn them off?
realfake, Apr 21 2001

       Agent Orange, for that matter.
egnor, Apr 21 2001

       Croissant for egnor's Apr 20 quote
thumbwax, Aug 24 2002


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