LIBRARY Readers ALERT no. 273 – Glow-in-the-dark plants

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1. Leahy, Stephen. “Each U.S. family trashes 400 iPhones’ worth of e-waste a year ,”
National Geographic, (December 13, 2017)

There is no question that smartphones, PCs, and other electronics devices have changed the world and our daily lives in incredible ways. Billions of electronics are being made, sold and disposed of every year – a cycle that drives short-term profit for companies, but at high cost for our environment. How can companies reduce the eco footprint and produce more “healthy” electronics?


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2. Thompson, Avery. “MIT researchers want to make glow-in-the-dark plants,”
Popular Mechanics, (December 14, 2017).

Imagine that instead of switching on a lamp at night, you could read by the light of a glowing plant on your desk. A group of MIT researchers have taken a critical step towards making that vision a reality by incorporating a firefly enzyme called luciferase into the plant leaves.

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100 essential things you didn’t know you didn’t know about math and the arts / John D. Barrow.

Why are eggs egg-shaped? This entertaining book uses simple mathematics to explain one hundred of life’s most perplexing questions.


TED talks: Fashion has a pollution problem – can biology fix it?

Fashion industry is one of the world’s most polluting industries that causes damaging environmental problem. In this talk, Natsai Audrey Chieza talks about how synthetic biology can redefine the fashion industry by cutting down on wastewater and chemical runoff.

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