So Much for Hoarding Incandescent Light Bulbs

Have you laid in a nice stockpile of incandescent light bulbs, now that they're forbidden? How's that going? Around sundown one day last week, I stepped on the foot-switch for the nearest floor lamp. The bulb buzzed and lit up a dull pink. Off and on again: dead. Another 100-watt incandescent in the trash. » 6/30/14 12:57pm 6/30/14 12:57pm

This Town's Hilltop Mirrors Light It Up With Second-Hand Sunshine

Waking up on a dark winter morning is never fun. But imagine if the sun didn't come up at all. Rjukan, Norway—which is cast into shadow for five months a year—has found a solution. The town is finishing its first winter using a system of mirrors to create an oasis of sunlight during its perpetually dark winter months. » 3/10/14 1:20pm 3/10/14 1:20pm

Goodbye, Darkness: Light Pollution Is Making Us Forget the Night Sky

Did you know that eight of every ten kids born today won’t experience a night sky dark enough to see the Milky Way? We’re living in an age when light pollution is making stars a rarity—and not just in cities. Paul Bogard, the author of a new book on darkness, even goes so far as to describe it as a natural resource. » 7/24/13 4:24pm 7/24/13 4:24pm