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Matt the Engineer 1
Grandpa, could you really see the stars when you were a boy, right here from earth?

Yes Billy, before the glowing weeds we could see the stars. And before the antibiotic-injecting mosquitos we didn't have to wear skin laminants.
Posted by Matt the Engineer on May 6, 2013 at 2:46 PM · Report this
Ecosystem's fucked anyway, might as well die from something cool.
Posted by Ruke on May 6, 2013 at 3:00 PM · Report this
Zebes 3
I say go for it. The only way I'll ever see an alien planet myself is if they create one here on Earth.
Posted by Zebes on May 6, 2013 at 3:02 PM · Report this
balderdash 4
Posted by balderdash on May 6, 2013 at 3:13 PM · Report this
How could they rest on their laurels, when they're not even doing laurels???
Posted by RonK, Seattle on May 6, 2013 at 3:13 PM · Report this
This was more thoroughly (and better) explained by Ars Technica:…

In a nutshell, the plants sold through this funding campaign won't actually glow without regular doses of expensive fertilizer.
Posted by medeii on May 6, 2013 at 3:20 PM · Report this
treacle 7
Sooo... they're trying to bio-engineer Avatar-world? Cripes.
Posted by treacle on May 6, 2013 at 3:20 PM · Report this
treacle 8
Speaking of biotech: Seattle is getting its first community bio-hacker space.
Posted by treacle on May 6, 2013 at 3:24 PM · Report this
Fnarf 9
White-boy tech fantasy bullshit like this -- please don't call it science -- is all the rage, while boring old-fashioned charities that actually help people are struggling. When I see crap like this, all I can think is "take that money from those people in taxes instead, and use it for social services that people need.

It's not the risks of rogue science that frightens me, but the takeover of society by entitled dweebs.
Posted by Fnarf on May 6, 2013 at 3:28 PM · Report this
@6 I'm guessing you haven't gone back to that article since they added the correction that because the plant does not use firefly dna, it won't need the constant supply of chemicals from fertilizer.
Posted by UNPAID COMMENTER on May 6, 2013 at 3:38 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 11
Quite frankly, I'd rather pay $25 to go see a benefit film for Breast Cancer reseach, like the SIFF showings of Decoding Annie Parker on June 6th and 8th. That goes to actual useful medical genetics research and her NIH funding got slashed thanks to all the Sequester War On Science.

But that's just me. First year biochem students do this crap for free. Free. They make stuff glow. Just saying.
Posted by Will in Seattle on May 6, 2013 at 4:07 PM · Report this
I say we burn down the observatory so that this can never happen again.
Posted by GermanSausage on May 6, 2013 at 4:11 PM · Report this
eclexia 13
It's all well and good until Triffids break out and roam the countryside.
Posted by eclexia on May 6, 2013 at 4:22 PM · Report this
venomlash 14
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