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Glow-in-the-dark Dutch roads

from WIRED

Light-absorbing glow-in-the-dark road markings have replaced streetlights on a one-third-mile stretch of Netherlands' N329 highway in Oss. Daan Roosegaarde, founder and lead designer of Studio Roosegaarde, developed the concept, realized through use of photo-luminescent powder integrated into the road paint. As he explained to reporter Liat Clark, "One day I was sitting in my car in the Netherlands, and I was amazed by these roads we spend millions on but no one seems to care what they look like and how they behave. I started imagining this Route 66 of the future where technology jumps out of the computer screen and becomes part of us." Part of his vision included weather markings; snowdrops, for example, would appear when the temperature reached a certain level. For now though, the roadway features only the glow-in-the-dark road marking. There's no news yet on how the paint holds up against wear and tear. more

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