Japanese create protein that glows; “Trees that shine may replace lampposts in the future”
A team of researchers from Japan has developed proteins that produce light visible to the naked eye. The study was published on Tuesday (24) in the American journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences”.
The proteins, called “nano lanterns”, can be used in medical research and as an alternative to electric light, said the team of researchers at Osaka University and the Rinken Institute, which is linked to the government.
Unlike conventional bright proteins – which emit a weak glow, visible only with the help of supersensitive cameras – the proteins developed by the Japanese team emit strong enough light to be seen without the need for special equipment.
“In the future, we hope to create street trees that shine to save energy with public lighting.” Takeharu Nagai, deputy director of the University Institute for Scientific Research, told Jiji Press.
The image above is illustrative.