nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Monday, November 15, 2010

Not Medical, But Too Cool To Pass Up

Implanting gold nanoparticles into tree leaves causes the trees to luminesce.  That is, the trees become streetlights.

I spend a couple of hours each day reading journal articles and science news.  I came across this research note and couldn't help reporting it.

Taiwanese scientists were looking for a way to improve LED lights.  By chance, they discovered if you implant gold nanoparticles into the leaves of trees, interaction of chlorophyl--essential to photosynthesis--with the particles causes the trees to glow.

Not only THAT, but the light emitted actually provides a light source for photosynthesis.

I have no idea whether this will pan out.  I'm skeptical, but the sheer imaginative power of such a process is overwhelming.  Even if it's apocryphal, this is world-class science fiction material.

I can't find peer-reviewed research to document this report, but you can read the Popular Science blurb here.

Doc D

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