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How to turn your salad into a desk lamp

Imagine one day replacing the lamp on your desk with a glowing plant? Sounds impossible, but scientists in the US have shown that plants can be illuminated without needing genetic modification. Using nano-particles the team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology created watercress that glows, along with kale, arugula and spinach, with the hope that one day their research will help reduce our dependence on electric lighting. Michael Strano, lead the research and explained it to Newsday's Alan Kasujja.

(Photo: Watercress plants illuminating a book. Credit: S. Kwak/M. Strano)

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