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The View From The ISS Is Surprisingly Colourful

At night, the view from the International Space Station is surprisingly colourful. Earth’s many types of artificial lights create a bright mosaic, with the different hues revealing different lightbulbs and even different countries.


Skiing In Light Suits Looks Like The Most Spectacular Thing

Skiing? Fun. Night skiing? Even more fun. Night skiing in impossible bright light suits that transform your body into a glowing orb as you fly down the mountain? That has to be the most fun you can have. And, if it’s not, it’s definitely the coolest looking way to ski down a mountain.


Bioluminescent Octopus Bacteria Makes This Beautiful Lamp Glow

To see the glow from a species of bioluminescent octopus used to require a trip to the deep sea and a fair amount of patience. Not anymore. Ambio, a mobile lamp from Amsterdam-based designer Teresa von Dongen brings the sublime light away from the ocean by creating a “artificial saltwater medium”.


These Clever Bike Lights Get You Seen Without Blinding Drivers

Bike riders often aren’t the most loved road users, a status some cyclists love to perpetuate by attaching a small theatrical production’s worth of illumination to their handlebars, in a (partially justified) quest to get seen at night.


Why Are These Fish Shooting Out Blue Lasers With Their Mouth?

I wish these crazy blue laser lava spewing fish were a newly discovered species or some radioactive experiment gone wrong but they’re not. Luckily, reality is just as cool. Well, almost. The blinding light is actually a tiny crustacean called an ostracod’s defence mechanism against the translucent cardinalfish.


What Is The Massive Green Oceanic Glow That Surrounds Bangkok At Night?

This stunning picture of the city of Bangkok, Thailand at night time was taken from the ISS by astronaut Reid Wiseman. Well, the concentrated bright white light was the city at least. The emerald green surrounding it? The astronaut had no idea. Was it nuclear waste? Glow in the dark algae? Alien sea monsters?


Time Lapse Of An Airport Makes Aeroplanes Look Like Shooting Stars

Video: Aside from going through security and lugging around your carry on and rushing to the gate and avoiding human swarms, aeroplanes are magical places. OK, maybe not. But there’s beauty in how they operate. Just watch this ballet of aeroplanes at Shanghai’s airport. It’s like seeing man made shooting stars.


How Times Square Works

When we stepped out onto the roof, the wind whipped me sideways, and it took me a second to get my bearings. I was nine storeys above Times Square, staring at the back of its biggest LED sign, and it was thrilling.


The Colourful Dance Of These Shipyard Cranes Is Surprisingly Beautiful

I never thought I was going to say that shipyard cranes are beautiful, but when I saw them dancing in synch to the Close Encounters of the Third Kind theme — at the 1:14 mark — they really got me. The cranes were coloured with spotlights synchronised with the music, creating the dazzling dancing effect.


Why Mysterious UFO-Like Lights Glow In This Norwegian Valley

As a name, Hessdalen may be more familiar to UFO watchers than scientists. The valley in Norway is prone to “strange, hovering, flashing balls of lights” best attributed, as some believe, to alien origins. Now scientists say they’re on the verge of an explanation: The valley is a giant natural battery.


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