Gold Nanoparticles Could Transform Trees Into Street Lights | Inhabitat – Green Design Will Save the World

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The idea of glowing trees seems kinda cool at first, but if the leaves are full of gold what will we do about leprechauns.

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Street lights are an important part of our urban infrastructure — they light our way home and make the roads safe at night. But what if we could create natural street lights that don’t need electricity to power them? A group of scientists in Taiwan recently discovered that placing gold nanoparticles within the leaves of trees, causes them to give off a luminous reddish glow. The idea of using trees to replace street lights is an ingenious one – not only would it save on electricity costs and cut CO2 emissions, but it could also greatly reduce light pollution in major cities.

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