Reindeer are the only mammals that can see ultraviolet light

There's a reason that certain wavelengths are known as "visible" light, because those are the wavelengths that humans and most animals even remotely like us can see. But one mammal can see in ultraviolet light...and it's all because of snow. » 5/26/11 3:52pm 5/26/11 3:52pm

Why does the Moon make scorpions glow in the dark?

Between their pincers and poisonous stingers, you'd really think that scorpions are already more than scary enough for one species. But that still leaves their unearthly - and unexplained - ability to glow a strange blue color in ultraviolet light. » 5/15/11 11:50am 5/15/11 11:50am

Ancient galaxies possess gigantic, mysterious ultraviolet rings

Some of the universe's oldest galaxies appear to be going through the cosmic equivalent of a mid-life crisis, surrounding themselves with immense ultraviolet halos. These highly energetic rings of light make galaxies look young again, and astronomers are totally baffled. » 8/26/10 9:00am 8/26/10 9:00am