biomimetic file 109: lamp made of bioluminescent algae

Our streets could  be lit by bio-energy from bioluminescent organism rather than electrical current generated by human processes. Many organisms on the planet have developed the ability to emit light through chemical reactions. These processes are usually to attract members of the same species or to pray on other species. Nevertheless such free light source should be exploited to greater extents..

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Photo credit: Pierre Calleja’s algal lamp at TEDxLausanneChange

More details at:
http://www.iflscience.com/technology/streetlamps-go-green

What is Biomimetics: the field of gaining inspiration from nature first to solve some of our most difficult challenges. Instead of coming up with our own solutions to a problematic, the odds are that species on the planet already offer an ultimate solution. This simple fact is also another strong case to preserve species at all cost as the intellectual heritage contained within or through the study of species is both irreplaceable and invaluable…

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