A glow in the dark forest is a magical and trippy place

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. » 12/24/14 9:36pm Yesterday 9:36pm

The Very American History of Christmas Lights

Christmas lights are a uniquely American tradition. That's not just because the first electric Christmas lights appeared in America. The tradition embodies a certain American-ness, an ingenuity and hunger for innovation, that's easily overlooked. America doesn't just make things. America makes things spectacular. » 12/24/14 10:01am Yesterday 10:01am

Neighborhood teams up to create crazy synchronized Christmas light show 

The neighbors of this community in Yucaipa, California, synchronized the Holiday lights on their houses together to create this impressive show. I can't imagine the endless discussions to agree on colors, types of lights, or music—a nightmare before Christmas. » 12/09/14 11:11am 12/09/14 11:11am

Here's how stunning the night sky would look if there were no lights

I wish we could turn of all the lights in the world just for one night and I wish that all the light pollution would disappear and I wish the darkness would reveal the night sky as it should look. As a stunning and glittering and spinning wonder that'll make me forget about life down here and dream about the beyond. » 12/04/14 1:21am 12/04/14 1:21am

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