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showslow:Paintings by Josh Keyes

sciencesoup:Nature’s Night Light

Sometimes known as the sea-firefly, Vargula hilgendorfii is a species of ostracod crustacean that only inhabits coastal waters off Japan. It is a nocturnal creature that rarely grows longer than 3 millimetres, with a beautiful transparent shell—but it’s best known for its bioluminescence. When disturbed, it secretes a luminous blue substance through a process similar to many other bioluminescent creatures: a chemical reaction of the substrate luciferin and the enzyme luciferase. The maximum wavelength of its light depends on the pH and the salinity of the water, and varies between 448 and 463 nanometres—meaning that the light is coloured various shades of blue. In World War II, the Japanese collected these creatures and crushed them in sand and water to produce their blue luminescence, which ingeniously served as light for soldiers to read maps and messages at night.

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where technology meets nature: a concept that not only compliments the natural environment, but reminds the individual of the little things: appreciating the city they live in.

Light Reeds is a concept for an urban intervention that connects NYC people back with the water they are surrounded by. The designers at Pensa created this unique lighting solution that mimics the shape and sway of water reedsPowered by the water’s current, the Light Reeds provide a subtle, romantic glow to public areas while offering a deeper connection to the waterfront.

Nocturnes, 2009

by Sébastien Preschoux

Canvas  by  andbamnan