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How to make your own LED trampoline

Transform a $20 trampoline into an amazing interactive LED light-up trampoline. The Adafruit team shows us how with the help of some NeoPixel LED strips, the Adafruit ItsyBitsy microcontroller running Circuit Python, ...

The Aurora Named STEVE

For the first time, scientists have ground and satellite views of STEVE (short for Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement), a thin purple ribbon of light. Scientists have now learned, despite its ordinary name, ...

Moonline: Speed Riding at night over Bossons Glacier

With his wing lit by 20 meters of LED lights, French speed rider Valentin Delluc mixes freeskiing and paragliding over Bossons glacier near Chamonix, France. Flying with LEDs required seven months of training and test...

This festive robotic glockenspiel plays Christmas songs on demand

Listen to 'Deck the Halls' play on a homemade, Twitter-connected robotic glockenspiel with Raspberry Pi brains. The interactive instrument, located in a Northumbria University office in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, i...

How glow-in-the-dark jellyfish inspired a scientific revolution

In science, ideas are kind of like seeds. If you're lucky, a seed will grow and expand the boundaries of human knowledge. But it's hard to know which seeds will take root. Take any invention or modern innovation and i...

A glow-in-the-dark bug puppet by Barnaby Dixon

Puppeteer Barnaby Dixon designs puppets that move with a combination of his practiced finger work and the puppet's internal mechanisms. They can pick things up, scratch their heads, dance, tumble, fly, and more. This ...

Waterlight Graffiti, a water-activated drawing wall of LEDs

Spray bottles, sponges and paintbrushes, wet hands, buckets full of water all light up this specially designed wall made from thousands of LEDs. The wetter it gets, the brighter it gets. Waterlight Graffiti is a 2012 ...

Three quarters of deep-sea animals are bioluminescent

Thanks to advancing camera technology and diligent scientific research, scientists have learned that bioluminescence is not the unusual attribute that we thought it was. Researchers Séverine Martini and Steven H. D. H...

Fireflies sparkle in a Pennsylvania field at dusk

Found all over the globe, fireflies or lightning bugs are winged beetles that emerge in warm, humid weather. Though their signature bioluminescent flashes are actually complex communications, the effect can create a m...

The Heart of Maker Faire, a community-inspired light installation

Within each of these jars, someone has written and enclosed a note about what is in their heart. The blinking lights, RGB LEDs that illuminate the sealed jars from below, are set to echo the heart rate of each note wr...

Invisible Nature: The (Super Tiny) Glowing Squid

The Hawaiian bobtail squid (Euprymna scolopes) spends its days buried in sand and its nights stalking prey in the shallow waters off the coast of Hawaii. Just because the squid hunts at night, however, doesn’t mean th...

A night adventure to see Nicaragua’s sea turtles

Conservation educator Phil Torres traveled to Playa la Flor and the surrounding waters in Nicaragua to document how Paso Pacifico is working to protect the sea turtles. From SeeTurtles.org: Along Nicaragua's Pacif...

Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors

Step inside Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirror rooms, seemingly endless spaces made from mirrors, patterns, darkness, and light. The six rooms were filmed by NPR at Washington D.C.'s Hirshhorn Museum, wher...

‘Darkness Is My Canvas, Light Is My Brush’

Light painter Hannu Huhtamo uses darkness as a canvas for his long exposure photographs, capturing fluid light trails of flashlights and other kinds of glowing tools that he uses to draw in the air. In this video from...

Glowing, blooming fungi in time lapse – Planet Earth II

Fungi, unlike plants, thrive in the darkness of the forest floor. They're hidden, until they begin to develop the incredible structures with which they reproduce. Each releases millions of microscopic spores that drif...

Sir David Attenborough at 90, an interview

In celebration of his 90th birthday on the May 8th 2016, Sir David Attenborough reflects on his incredible career as a world renowned broadcaster and naturalist. Attenborough also comments on the advances in filmm...

The Man Who Put the Pee in Phosphorus

In the 1660's, German alchemist Hennig Brand thought he knew the secret to making solid gold: pee. So set was he on these golden ambitions, he dehydrated 1,500 gallons (gallons!) of human urine to make it happen. Thou...

Scorpion evolution, scorpion moms, & glowing scorpions

Scorpion facts: Scorpions have been on Earth for 400 million years, scorpions give birth to live young and then catch them in their arms, and under ultraviolet light, scorpions fluoresce. Scientist and Cal Academy Ass...

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