Making a Stunning, Glow-in-the-Dark Fountain Is Surprisingly Simple

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 even harness that power to become your very own natural, eerie, and totally beautiful light source.

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Because fortunately for us, bioluminescent sea algae is perfect for our purposes and just happens to be for sale as a water mixture on our good ol' friend, the internet.

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The only problem is that, to get that nice blue sheen, the water has to be constantly in motion. Which is where Rober got the genius idea to make use of a flowing zen fountain. The algae in the water will, unfortunately, eventually run out of energy and thus light, but until that happens, you've got yourself a fantastically clever and stunning lamp to light up the night. [Mark Rober]

Image: Shutterstock/Kevin Key

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Bioluminescent sea is one of the most (scientifically) magical things I've ever seen. It was right after a sewage leak, and it was really hot that summer, which all fed the algae bloom. Beautiful.