City street lights video feels like travelling through hyperspace

I stopped paying attention to the time, didn't care about where I was and got lost in the lights when I was watching this video, Eye Know, directed by Hiroshi Kondo. It's amazing. You start by moving through a city at night and following the street lights and end up feeling like you're doing drugs on warp drive. » 9/03/14 12:25am 9/03/14 12:25am

What is the massive green oceanic glow that surrounds Bangkok at night?

This stunning picture of the city of Bangkok, Thailand at nighttime was taken from the ISS by astronaut Reid Wiseman. Well, the concentrated bright white light was the city at least. The emerald green surrounding it? The astronaut had no idea. Was it nuclear waste? Glow in the dark algae? Alien sea monsters? » 8/21/14 12:15am 8/21/14 12:15am

Time lapse of an airport makes airplanes look like shooting stars

Aside from going through security and lugging around your carry on and rushing to the gate and avoiding human swarms, airplanes are magical places. Okay, maybe not. But there's beauty in how they operate. Just watch this ballet of airplanes at Shanghai's airport. It's like seeing man made shooting stars. » 8/14/14 9:35pm 8/14/14 9:35pm

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