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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.


LED Tubes Will Make Fluorescents Seem Old-Fashioned

Cree, front-runners in the scramble to replace traditional forms of illumination with greener LED sources, has just announced the release of a new type of tube light designed to tackle one of the biggest energy hogs in the corporate world: fluorescent overhead lights.


Symbolic Bike Lights Make Cyclists More Visible To Traffic

Common sense dictates that the brighter the lights on your bike are, the more visible you’ll be to other traffic at night. But according to research from the University of Oxford’s Experimental Psychology Lab, a glowing version of the universal symbol for a bike rider could actually a better way to make drivers aware of your presence.


An LED Lamp That Floats Like A Sheet Of Paper

This ethereal little lamp is the latest creation of visionary lighting designer Ingo Maurer. Made of transparent film mounted with LEDs, Dew Drops adds flowing curves and a soft glow to any room. From certain angles, it almost looks like a grid of tiny stars, peeled back and draped into your wall or desk.


How Baseball's First Major League Night Got Its Lights

You probably don’t think too much about the massive array of lights that illuminate Baseball. But that blinding artificial sunlight was once a technological phenomenon that stunned fans and had the police threatening to shut it down.


A Light-Up Alarm Completely Changed My Life

Slamming the snooze button over and over again is pretty much the crummiest, least restful way to kick off your morning, so consider this a public service announcement: A light-up alarm completely changed my life, and I think it can change yours, too.


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