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Glow-In-The-Dark Trees May Be Headed To A City Near You

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Glowing-Tree-Urbanby Barry Burch Jr.

How long will humans enjoy technology through screens?  Not long, according to the Dutch artist, designer, and architect, Daan Roosegaarde.  That will not be the norm, in 15 to 20 years.  Right now is the beginning of an encapsulating combination of art and technological innovation.

The range of these new type of creations is wide.  It includes giant vacuum cleaning systems that get rid of smog, and “smart” apparel, which “becomes translucent when the wearer is turned on,” as reported by The Huffington Post.  Roosegaarde has been integral to the projects that challenge common beliefs about technology, and is a leader in the push for more aesthetics.

His most recent invention may replace street lights, altogether, with bioluminescent plants.  Imagine walking down the street led only by the light of trees that glow-in-the-dark.

Biomimicry is a new science, which focuses on the observation of nature in order to use its designs and processes to solve human problems.  Roosegaarde has taken a page out of its book, and is planning on converting your average tree on the side of the street into beacons of light.  With the help of scientist Alexander Krichevsky, and the State University of New York, DNA from luminescent marine bacteria like jellyfish is being spliced with the chloroplast of a houseplant, as reported by The Huffington Post.

While creating trees that are also lights is a great feat, it is only a precursor to the real goal – light fixtures that look like trees.  “What happens when technology jumps out of the computer screen and becomes part of the things that we wear and the roads that we drive on?” said Roosegaarde.

Barry is an award-winning writer and political scientist.  His business, “Barry Writes,” provides biographies, speeches, press releases and so forth to individuals and businesses in need of potent and compelling literature.  Reach him @ Facebook.com/barrywrites and Twitter.com/barryburchjr

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