The Lustrous Light Of Foxfire Bioluminescence

Bioluminescence Foxfire

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Take a midnight stroll through the golden foliage-filled woods this fall and you might discover foxfire, a type of fungus that primarily grows in decaying wood. Also called fairy fire, the fungi creates light during a chemical reaction that occurs when the quick-growing, healthy fungal cells consume wood and the oxidative enzyme luciferase reacts with luciferin. Though air pollution and other factors can affect the foxfire’s brightness, some say the fungus’ bioluminescence is so bright that one could read a book with only the fungus’ light. Foxfire is the informal term for many different bioluminescent fungi including Panellus stipticus, which grows as small clusters of glowing mushrooms.

Foxfire On Branch

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The Aurora Borealis Over Lake Superior

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Anthony Howe’s Mindblowing Kinetic Sculpture GIFs

Believe it or not, what you see moving on this screen can actually be witnessed in real life, not just in the vacuum of a fancy computer animation program. Bored with the stilted movement of common paintings, artist Anthony Howe resolved to create works that truly flowed. Utilizing animation programs, Howe drafted kinetic blueprints on his computer and then transferred those to curved pieces of metal. The result is something that appears incredibly surreal and mechanized, when in reality the sculpture relies simply on physics and wind to achieve such an other-worldly effect. Pretty cool stuff. Head to My Modern Met for more on Howe’s process.

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