Looks at first like somebody threw a bunch of glowing beads on some rocks, but what you see here is actually alive.
BBC’s Attenborough’s Life That Glows is an absolutely gorgeous look at the mysterious creatures around the world that have bioluminescent powers. It details the lives of fireflies, glow worms, fungi, fish, squid, plankton, and other creatures, and shows how they use their glow-in-the-dark abilities.
Remember Sea Monkeys? Remember how disappointed you were when you found out they weren’t really humanoid organisms, but boring old brine shrimp? Now there’s a nifty alternative: the Dino Sphere, a decorative glass sphere that houses thousands of plankton. Swirl the sphere a little at night, and those plankton will…
Astrophotographer Adam Woodworth’s exquisite shots of the aurora borealis and the Milky Way have lit up Gizmodo before. But he’s outdone himself with his latest reminder that Earth is the most goddamn beautiful planet you’ll ever live on: An electric blue strip of bioluminescent coastline under a dazzlingly starry…
Oh the things we learn when we skim through forensic medicine textbooks for a living. Apparently, there is a phenomenon called “postmortem luminescence.” And it should make zombie movies both less and more frightening.
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.
My, this is beautiful. Artists Friedrich van Schoor and Tarek Mawad teamed up in this projection map installation to create a 'bioluminescent forest'. The entire forest glows with light, from the mushrooms to the trees to the leaves to the grounds to the insects. The darkness is transformed into a magical place.
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.
To see the glow from a species of bioluminescent octopus used to require a trip to the deep sea and a fair amount of patience. Not anymore. Ambio, a mobile lamp from Amsterdam-based designer Teresa von Dongen brings the sublime light away from the ocean by creating a "artificial saltwater medium."
For those who've seen it—and photographs don't do it justice—the bioluminescent Mosquito Bay is one of the world's most spectacular natural sights. Tiny plankton known as dinoflagellates light up the water like a glow stick at night. But since January, the glow has faded, throwing the entire Puerto Rican town into a…
What a weird week for weather, huh? On earth, it was so cold that Canada got frostquakes. In space, a massive solar flare sent so many particles hurtling toward us that northern lights were visible outside of the Arctic circle. Here are some landscape reads for this week, taking you under the sea and deep inside of…
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.
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…
Bioluminescence is awesome. Essentially the production of light by a living organism, e.g. fireflies, certain types of jellyfish, etc—but it doesn't just occur in animals. There's even some plant life that has the potential to give off that lovely, ethereal glow. And as Mark Rober shows us in the video above, you can…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.