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One Day We’ll Light Our Homes With Bacteria

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A team of undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin are attempting to shine light on the problem of electricity-gobbling bulbs by creating a light source that doesn’t require an electric input at all. Genetically engineered E. coli housed within a bulb-like casing can produce bioluminescence, the student think, creating the Biobulb, a lightbulb powered by natural processes.

“The goal of the Biobulb is to create an ecosystem in a jar,” the creators write on RocketHub, where they’ve launched a campaign to fund the project. “The ecosystem will consist of several different microbes, each of which plays a role in nutrient recycling and population control.”
 
 

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