Projected lights turn shipyard cranes into alien machines

I never thought I was going to say that shipyard cranes are beautiful but when I saw them dancing in synch to the Close Encounters of the Third Kind theme—at the 1:14 minutes mark—they really got me. The cranes were colored with spotlights synchronized with the music, creating the dazzling dancing effect. » 5/27/14 10:47pm 5/27/14 10:47pm

Zigzagging light of unknown origin spotted in Hawaii (Updated)

There's nothing more befuddling than looking up at the sky and seeing a strange light appear out of nowhere. Your adult brain tells you it can't be what you want it to be but when you check with adult-brained officials, they're clueless too. That's what just happened in Hawaii. A mysterious zigzagging light popped up… » 5/21/14 5:10am 5/21/14 5:10am

Why Mysterious UFO-Like Lights Glow in this Norwegian Valley

As a name, Hessdalen may be more familiar to UFO watchers than scientists. The valley in Norway is prone to "strange, hovering, flashing balls of lights" best attributed, as some believe, to alien origins. Now scientists say they're on the verge of an explanation: The valley is a giant natural battery. » 5/13/14 3:40pm 5/13/14 3:40pm

Symbolic Bike Lights Make Cyclists More Visible to Traffic

Common sense dictates that the brighter the lights on your bike are, the more visible you'll be to other traffic at night. But according to research from the University of Oxford's Experimental Psychology Lab, a glowing version of the universal symbol for a bike rider could actually a better way to make drivers aware… » 4/09/14 10:40am 4/09/14 10:40am

How Baseball's First Major League Night Game Got Its Lights

As you settle down to watch the Opening Day night games tonight, you probably won't be thinking about the massive array of lights that illuminate the game. But that blinding artificial sunlight was once a technological phenomenon that stunned fans and had the police threatening to shut it down. » 3/31/14 7:34pm 3/31/14 7:34pm

An LED Lamp That Floats Like a Sheet of Translucent Paper

This ethereal little lamp is the latest creation of visionary lighting designer Ingo Maurer. Made of transparent film mounted with LEDs, Dew Drops adds flowing curves and a soft glow to any room. From certain angles, it almost looks like a grid of tiny stars, peeled back and draped into your wall or desk. » 3/31/14 6:00pm 3/31/14 6:00pm

A Rear-Facing Bike Camera Reminds Drivers They're Being Recorded

Despite what the classic video game Paperboy taught us, the biggest threat to cyclists isn't dogs, RC cars, or random rolling tires, but the drivers they share the road with. So in addition to ensuring they're definitely seen, the Fly6 bike light includes a constantly recording video camera designed to keep drivers… » 2/13/14 12:20pm 2/13/14 12:20pm

Watch an enchanted forest come to life in a dancing light show

Ooh, lights. Pretty. It's like stepping into an enchanted forest from the future. Romain Tardy and Squeaky Lobster created this installation called The Ark during Proyecta Oaxaca at the Ethnobotanical Garden in Oaxaca, Mexico. It's built around the cacti that line the heart of the garden and the installation projects… » 2/08/14 12:55am 2/08/14 12:55am

This Laser Bike Light Is Like a Bat Signal For Cyclists

Cyclists can adorn themselves from head to toe in flashing lights, but it's still possible that pedestrians and drivers won't see them until it's too late. It's a problem the Blaze Laserlight hopes to solve by projecting an early warning signal 16 to 20 feet ahead of a cyclist, so that others on the road will know… » 1/21/14 5:40pm 1/21/14 5:40pm

Show Us Your Crazy Christmas Decorations

Every year, my parents' neighborhood in Dallas goes all-out for Christmas. We're talking, trees wrapped in lights from trunk to top, teams of reindeer on display, and even a house with giant, moving jack-in-the-box effigies of every family member moving in sync with carols. Have you seen similar stuff? We want to see… » 12/23/13 5:30pm 12/23/13 5:30pm

Position These Lamps To Shine A Light On Corruption, Or Just Anything

Some spaces are awkward. Dark corners or cavernous closets that could really use some light. And tap lights don't always cut it in terms of brightness or aesthetic quality. But Australian designer Flynn Talbot is working on the situation. His aluminum and steel lights, called Latitude, can go anywhere and point in… » 6/23/13 9:20am 6/23/13 9:20am

A Glowing Pump That Lets Drivers Know You're Doing Roadside Repairs

There's a reason that Topeak's MiniRocket iGlow bike bump won a 2013 Red Dot Design Award: the transparent barrel encases a internal optical fiber that turns a small red LED into a brilliantly-visible glowing safety strip. And at just 67 grams, it adds minimal weight to your bike's frame, so it's easy to always keep… » 6/21/13 5:31pm 6/21/13 5:31pm