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Want to build a living-room sized model of the phylogenetic tree of life, then add pulsating light where bioluminescence evolved.

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Hi, my name is Kristopher Hite and I am a science educator. Every time I learn something new about the natural world I want to climb the tallest structure I can find and shout it at the top of my lungs! I want to build a living-room sized model of the tree of life, and then put pulsating, glowing LED lights at each branch where we see a species has evolved bioluminescence? What if I went further and put model mycelium strands between the branches to highlight the possibility of horizontal gene transfer in nature? And what if this item then showed up in households around the world in December? I have chills just thinking about it. A way to turn householdss into science classrooms, turning a cherished holiday into a "teachable moment" in evolutionary biology. This is brilliant! Quite literally.  How can I make this reality? How can I accomplish this? I need tools, materials and a work space but most of all I need you. I am asking you to be part of this, own a part of this twist on tradition. Come with me as I decorate the tree of life with lights! Donors can send in their photographs and I will weave your personal images into a You Tube video promoting the phylogenetic Christmas tree. Please visit the kickstarter page for this project and help me launch the Phylogenetic Christmas tree. Carl Sagan envisioned science as a "candle in the dark" a candle lighting the shadows in a demon haunted world. My wish is that the phylogenetic Christmas tree becomes a torch for science in homes around the world. Please Kick-Start me.

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    At this funding level you will receive high resolution electronic images of finished project and a compilation of planning sketches

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    Send in a photograph and I will use your personal image in a YouTube video promoting the illuminated phylogenetic tree of life. Be part of history!!! Also you will get a high resolution 20x30 in. screen-print of the finished tree in full illumination.

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    All the other gifts and a 1/3 sized replica of the finished piece. Complete with pulsating LEDs at each branch point where bioluminescence evolved!

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