yeah, I’m pretty sure I need this.
DINO PET, the world’s first bioluminescent toy, is offiically my new favorite Kickstarter. Shut up and take my money (insert meme pic here).
It’s a dino, filled with dinos! A nightlight that stores the energy of the sun in living form, and releases it at night. Let me ‘splain…
Yonder Biology is a San Diego company that deals in the intersection of science and art, a cause close to my own heart. Within this 3-D printed dinosaur is a solution of dinoflagellates, photosynthetic organisms that are powered by the light of the sun, with the ability to release that energy in the form of brilliant blue bioluminescence when agitated at night (they can tell time!).
They give us brilliant scenes like these glowing, crashing waves:
That light is the product of an enzyme called luciferase and a high-energy molecule called luciferin, all manufactured by the dinoflagellate. What’s the purpose? To startle predators, or even to bathe them in light so they the hunter becomes prey itself.
Thanks to these guys, you don’t have to go to a tropical beach to experience that. You can have it at home, a dino bottle of dinos, full of awesome science
(check out DINO PET on Kickstarter for more)