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Algae-Powered Devices Glow in the Dark

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UC San Diego researchers developed soft devices containing algae that glow in the dark when experiencing mechanical stress, such as being squished, stretched, twisted or bent. The devices do not need electronics to produce light, making them ideal for building soft robots for exploring the deep sea and other dark environments.

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Soft Devices—Powered by ‘Stressed’ Algae—Glow in the Dark When Squished or Stretched

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