Human Bodies Glow, Proving That The World Is Weirder Than We Can Imagine

Human bodies emit photons. What's more, they do so in a pattern that repeats itself every day. Find out why you're shooting light from your face, at regular intervals. » 3/19/15 4:40pm 3/19/15 4:40pm

These Larvae Glow in the Dark, Then Eat You

Well, they'll only eat you if you're a tasty insect. A few years ago, wildlife photographer Jeff Cremer was traipsing about the Peruvian rainforest when he noticed some glowing green dots scattered in the dirt. He returned to investigate with some entomologists. » 11/18/14 9:30am 11/18/14 9:30am

Ice cream made with jellyfish protein glows when you lick it

Artisanal ice cream sometimes contains unusual ingredients, like foie gras, blue cheese, or horseradish, but Lick Me I'm Delicious' latest ice cream innovation contains jellyfish protein, not for its flavor, but for its luminescent properties. » 11/04/13 4:00pm 11/04/13 4:00pm

Live From a Floating Research Station

Hang out with researchers halfway around the world during a special live stream from the beautiful Solomon Islands, where Museum researchers are exploring the mysterious organisms that light up the ocean's dark waters, uncharted microbial life, and the rich diversity of fishes, corals, and other animals. The live… » 9/24/13 6:38pm 9/24/13 6:38pm

Long-exposure photographs of fireflies create magical forest scenes

Photographer Yume Cyan has been recasting the fireflies around Nagoya City, Japan, as fairy lights in a series of long-exposure photos. The momentary flashing of each bug becomes part of a bioluminescent trail it winds through the trees. » 6/09/13 8:30am 6/09/13 8:30am

When forests glow green in the night

There are certain times when the woods begin to glow. Sometimes they glow so much that people call the Park Service and ask them to send a hazmat team. What they're actually seeing is foxfire. And although we know how it happens, we don't know exactly why. » 5/17/13 4:30pm 5/17/13 4:30pm

The Milky Seas Effect is why the ocean sometimes glows blue

The above picture shows the first photo of the famous Milky Seas Effect. It's a luminescence that turns thousand-mile patches of ocean a glowing milky blue. » 3/22/13 8:20am 3/22/13 8:20am

Lanternshark is part shark, part lightsaber, all awesome

Measuring only about a foot and a half long, the lanternshark may seem distinctly less impressive than its larger shark cousins. But this diminutive fish has mastered the art of bioluminescence, concealing themselves from prey while challenging any potential predators. » 2/24/13 5:00pm 2/24/13 5:00pm

These pretty mushrooms can cure cancer — if they don't kill you in the…

Unfortunately, those properties are deadly. These are the jack-o-lantern mushrooms, and their gills have a faint, but beautiful, bioluminescence. The mushrooms are intriguing in theory, but they're lethal when it comes to actual practice. » 12/26/12 2:59pm 12/26/12 2:59pm

How elephant seals use bioluminescence to hunt in the dark

If you're an aquatic mammal, how do you hunt in the darkest seas, where light can't penetrate? Dolphins have it easy with their echolocation, but what about the other animals with much more limited senses? They chase after critters that provide their own light. » 8/30/12 7:40am 8/30/12 7:40am

At last, the secrets of bioluminescence could find their way into…

Scientists from Syracuse University have found a way to mimic the bioluminescent qualities of fireflies, a development that could lead to products with multicolor strings of light that don't require electricity or batteries to glow. » 6/15/12 5:00pm 6/15/12 5:00pm

Glowing bellies actually help tiny sharks to hide from predators

You might think a stomach that lights up would be a liability when you're trying to avoid getting eaten — but the glowing bellies of tiny sharks are helpful in camouflaging them from predators lurking below, researchers say. » 4/26/12 10:28am 4/26/12 10:28am

Use transgenic fish to make bioluminescent sushi rolls

Really, one of the key issues with sushi is that it doesn't glow under black light. To solve that problem, the Center for Genomic Gastronomy is using genetically modified fishies from the pet store to create tasty treats that will be perfect for your next rave. » 2/10/12 10:30am 2/10/12 10:30am

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Meet the tiny "bomber" worm that uses glowing decoys to escape predators

This awesome photo is of a newly discovered deep sea worm, Swima fulgida. Measuring just over an inch long, this little guy lives 9,000 feet underwater and escapes predators by flinging homemade "bombs" at its enemies. » 2/06/12 12:28pm 2/06/12 12:28pm

Behold, the future's bioluminescent billboards

Scientists at UC San Diego have made a bioluminescent bacterial billboard. They call it a "living neon sign composed of millions of bacterial cells that periodically fluoresce in unison like blinking light bulbs." Making it all work "involved attaching a fluorescent protein to the biological clocks of the bacteria,… » 12/31/11 1:45pm 12/31/11 1:45pm

Deep sea bacteria use bioluminescence to hitchhike across the ocean

Many bacteria found at the bottom of the ocean glow in the dark thanks to light generated by their internal chemical reactions. This makes it easier for fish to see and eat them — which is exactly what the bacteria want. » 12/28/11 4:30pm 12/28/11 4:30pm

Watch surfers ride neon blue bioluminescent waves caused by red tide

On the beaches of Southern California, a phytoplankton called Lingulodinium polyedrum is responsible for a spate of red tide. Massive algal blooms like this make the water ruddy during the day, but disrupting the microorganisms at night results in bursts of electric blue bioluminescence. Says Scripps Institution of… » 10/01/11 3:00pm 10/01/11 3:00pm

10 Things You Didn't Know About Light

A week ago, who among us would have guessed that light, the universe's ultimate speed demon, would be observed getting outpaced by a bunch of reckless neutrinos? Yes, these observations will obviously need to be checked and rechecked, but it just goes to show that you rarely know as much about something as you think… » 9/26/11 10:34am 9/26/11 10:34am

Glow-in-the-dark mushrooms rediscovered after 170 years

In 1840, English botanist George Gardner was traveling in Brazil. One night, he noticed some boys playing with a strange, glowing object. To his shock, he had encountered a bioluminescent mushroom. It's only taken 170 years to find some more. » 7/10/11 9:00am 7/10/11 9:00am