Bacteria could generate sustainable light for smart cities
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As culturing bacteria becomes more accessible, we’re seeing more technologies use their unique characteristics to create smart devices, such as temperature-adaptive clothing and bacteria-powered robots. Glowee, a Parisian startup, believes bacteria could also provide an alternative to electric lights. Glowee cultures the bacteria that give squid their bioluminescence — the ability to glow in the dark. These bacterial cultures are grown in ‘shells’ that can be customized into functional shapes — such as shop front signs — and requires no external energy source to produce light. Glowee is currently seeking seed funding, and working to extend the lifespan of their…
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