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How Bioluminescence Works
 

How Bioluminescence Works

Many living things emit light, including fireflies, jellyfish, fungi, species of glow worms, and certain bacteria. But how do they create that light?

From the depths of the ocean to the summer night sky, explore bioluminescence. Find out what scientists know about why organisms emit light and what's still a mystery.

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Pure and Simple

Pure and Simple

Food poisoning and water-borne illnesses kill three million people worldwide each year. Take a look at one system that can detect salmonella in 15 minutes. More...

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3M
Bioluminescence

Bioluminescence

Watch a fantastic display of light created by fireflies, marine creatures, and fungi in this video collection. More...

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BBC
Glowing Animals: Beasts Shining for Science

Glowing Animals: Beasts Shining for Science

Fish that glow in the presence of toxic chemicals, fluorescent pigs helping with stem cell research... See how scientists are using bioluminescence and fluorescent proteins. More...

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National Geographic
Making of Creatures of Light

Making of Creatures of Light

Go behind the scenes and watch how a museum brought the experience of scuba diving and bioluminescent ocean organisms to life on dry land. More...

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AMNH
Photo Contest: Bioluminescence

Photo Contest: Bioluminescence

Some creatures use bioluminescence to attract prey. Check out this look at click-beetle larvae in Brazil. More...

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National Geographic
Despite the Dark, Giant Squid Eyes See All

Despite the Dark, Giant Squid Eyes See All

Why would a giant squid need eyes the size of basketballs? Discover how large eyes help them use bioluminescence to find prey. More...

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Discovery
The Ultimate Bioluminescence Quiz

The Ultimate Bioluminescence Quiz

Think you know all there is about bioluminescence? Take this quiz to study for that upcoming test. More...

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HowStuffWorks
How to Make a Plant Glow

How to Make a Plant Glow

Antony Evans launched Glowing Plant with a Kickstarter campaign. See how he used genetic manipulation and bioluminescence to create a plant that emits light like a firefly. More...

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Popular Mechanics
Glowing Cockroach Mimics Toxic Beetle

Glowing Cockroach Mimics Toxic Beetle

A cockroach found in Ecuador mimics the bioluminescent glow of a toxic click beetle that warns predators away from this yucky-tasting beetle. Find out more about land-based bioluminescence. More...

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National Geographic
Glowing Lambs Born in Uruguay

Glowing Lambs Born in Uruguay

Take a look at the first transgenic sheep created in Latin America. Scientists used genes from a jellyfish to genetically engineer 9 lambs that glow when exposed to ultraviolet light. More...

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CNN

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