This Month in Science

The Top Glowing Science Stories from May, 2015

In May, plankton ruled the headlines Down Under and in The New Yorker.  The bioluminescent variety also inspired our crew at BioPop to conceptualize a futuristic light bulb design that uses sea life to glow.

 

3 — The Drifting World — Plankton are at the center of the marine food web, produce at least half of the oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere, and absorb enough carbon dioxide each year to counteract half of humankind’s fossil-fuel emissions. Altogether, they make up ninety-eight per cent of the oceans’ biomass, more than every whale, shark, herring, starfish, and lobster combined. Still, until very recently, our knowledge of the planktic realm remained limited. (read more at The New Yorker).

 

 

2 — Trip the light fantastic — BioPop set about to design a light powered by bioluminescent sea life. The Biolamp prototype is proof that the future is bright! View the photos below.

 

 

1 —  Aurora Australis — A bloom of bioluminescent plankton lit up Tasmania's Derwent River in late May. This natural phenomenon gave photographers a few wild nights of fun and a rare opportunity to capture one of nature's most magical occurrences. (see a slide show of photos at Australian Geographic).

 

Image via Matthew Holz Photography

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Beautiful art through Biology for the Popular Culture.