Friday, September 30, 2011

Holy Glowing Bananas Batman....

Quick... Grab a ripe banana and a blacklight. We know you still have it in your college box in the garage. Turn it on and see that banana glow bright blue. Now compare it to an unripe banana. You can barely see it. No other plant or fruit has this effect. The glow is from the break down of Chlorophyll (more like BORE-O-PHYLL) in the banana when it goes from green to yellow of the remaining chemical Carotenoids. This comes in handy for animals like bats that are able to see ultraviolet light waves and distinguish ripe from unripe bananas.

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