Can We Harness Light from Creatures with Bioluminescence?

The military once looked into harnessing a complex natural light force with undetectable power to remain unseen by the enemy, and both the U.S. and the Soviet Union investigated this same force as a way to track submarines. This advanced biological science, known as bioluminescence, has many advantages and comes from… fireflies. To give credit where it’s due, bioluminescence was actually evolved by organisms living in the darkest and deepest depths of the marine ecosystem where sunlight could not reach in order to see prey or ward off predators. What Is Bioluminescence? Unlike heat-generated light sources, like the sun or a flame, bioluminescence is an energy-based light source caused by the oxidative reactions of two chemicals — luciferin and luciferase — inside living organisms, which, when combined, oxidate, and the resulting emission is released as light from these organisms. These organisms, mainly sea creatures, include deep-sea fish, jellyfish, bacteria, algae, and, of course, fireflies. In fact, there are around 1,500 known species with this ability. Bioluminescence can be harnessed in several ways, one of which is by using nanoscience with quantum nanorods for optimized energy transfer. 

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