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Using X-Rays To Peer Inside Ancient Art Objects

Photographer David Maisel — widely known for his incredible aerial work, including a breath-taking project recently shot in Spain — has opened a new show in New York exploring the otherwise invisible insides of culturally important art objects. Called History’s Shadow, it is on display at the Yancey Richardson Gallery until 10 May 2014.


Walk On A Magic Carpet Of Light In This Moroccan Cathedral

Watch out, the ground will change beneath your feet at the Sacré Coeur in Casablanca. As part of the installation Magic Carpet 2014, an interactive light show swirls, swarms and shimmers under the cathedral’s vaunted arches. It’s even more thrilling to watch the lights in action in the video below.


A Simple Photographic Trick Lets You See Invisible Things

The world is full of things you can’t see: the heat coming off your hand, the spray of a sneeze, even the sound of two hands clapping. But a simple camera trick called Schlieren flow visualisation turns those invisible waves of light into beautiful plumes of movement. With this trick you can literally see invisible things.


Weird, Bright Light Spotted On Mars

Do you see it? There’s a little beacon of light in the photograph of Mars above. It’s on the left side of the photo, and it’s pretty darn bright. What could it be? More importantly, what do we want it to be? A Martian signal keeping track of the Curiosity rover? An alien laser beam? A key to a secret portal in the universe? A superhero?


This Time Lapse Of Fireflies Is Art In Motion

If you’ve been stressing out or if you’re getting swamped at work or if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, here’s how you fix it: by watching this lovely time lapse of fireflies by Vincent Brady. Just put it on full screen, zone out and watch fireflies (or lightning bugs if that’s what you call them) paint the world with light and create mesmerising art.


The Lonely Process And Lovely Work Of Hong Kong's Neon Craftsmen

Hong Kong’s neon sign trade is fading in the face of new technology, but there are still skilled workers who craft the glowing lights by hand. The process is, by their own admission, painstaking, solitary, thankless, and steadily losing popularity, but these guys are still going at it. Watching them make the magic fixtures is mesmerising — they are really good at what they do.


Looking At Orange Light Is Like Drinking A Cup Of Coffee

Light is an incredibly powerful force. Sure, it helps us see and gives us fast internet, but medical researchers keep stumbling upon new positive side effects. A team of Belgian scientists, for instance, just discovered how a 10-minute blast of orange light increases brain activity related to cognition and alertness.


What Is True Detective Really About?

What is True Detective really about? Was Stonehenge originally built as a musical instrument? What does springtime on Mars look like? What if light were a drug? Here are some answers is this week’s landscapes reads!


This New 'Pure' Laser Makes Fibre Optic Networks 20x Better

Whether you’re a huge geek or a total luddite, you’ve got to be excited when scientists invent a new kind of laser, especially one that stands to replace the one we’ve been using for fibre optic communications for the last 40 years. A team of CalTech researchers did just that. Be excited.


It Only Takes Light To Make These Nanotech Worms Wiggle

There is no shortage of surprises when it comes to nanomaterials, but this new composite is behaving in a whole new way: it wiggles when you turn on the lights.