Nature’s Living Fireworks!



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Nearly all life on Earth is ultimately powered by light. But many creatures have learned how to make their own. This week we investigate the beautiful phenomenon of bioluminescence. From blinking fireflies on summer nights to glowing deep sea monsters, prepare to learn about the chemistry of living light.

REFERENCES:

Eisner, Thomas, et al. “Firefly “femmes fatales” acquire defensive steroids (lucibufagins) from their firefly prey.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 94.18 (1997): 9723-9728.

Martini, Séverine, and Steven HD Haddock. “Quantification of bioluminescence from the surface to the deep sea demonstrates its predominance as an ecological trait.” Scientific Reports 7 (2017).

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28 thoughts on “Nature’s Living Fireworks!

  • September 25, 2017 at 12:34 pm
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    So who's got better fireworks: Humans or the rest of nature? I know which one gets my vote 💡

    PS – If any of you enjoy photography, photographing fireflies is one of the most beautiful things I've ever learned. If I had a second channel, I'd totally make a how-to video 😉

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  • September 25, 2017 at 12:34 pm
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    It's really cool to see how bioluminescence actually works! I've always been interested by it, and thought it was beautiful, but I never really knew how it happened. I've also always wanted to see it in person and possibly swim in the water when it's happening, but I live pretty far from any beach, so I didn't think I would ever be able to. But my friend actually got me a very cool gift recently that allows me to see bioluminescence at home every night. It's called the DinoPet, and it's made by a company called Biopop. It's a glass sculpture shaped like a dinosaur that's filled with dinofllagellates which produce bioluminescence at night. I thought I would mention it because it was a really amazing gift, and it's really handy if you aren't able to witness bioluminescence at the ocean.

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  • September 25, 2017 at 12:34 pm
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    When I was a kid, I went with my parents to camp on a beach in the United Arab Emirates and during night, there were huge patches of weird microorganisms that had a light blue glow that were lying on the sand. Back then, I had no idea what was that, but now I can guess that a colony of dinoflagellates had the unfortunate idea to chill out on a beach 😉

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  • September 25, 2017 at 12:34 pm
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    Wow. I used to catch fireflies on summer evenings as a kid (yes really) and I had no idea some of them were that vicious! Yikes. And the teeny ocean bioluminescent things' light is gorgeous. 🙂

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  • September 25, 2017 at 12:34 pm
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    I guess that plankton would explain a lot of UFO encounters out at sea.

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  • September 25, 2017 at 12:34 pm
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    im sad because i wanted to make the firefiles by owl city comment…..

    you would not believe the lengths people go to 😉

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  • September 25, 2017 at 12:34 pm
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    Sadly I live in Australia and we don't have the trees that fireflies live in but I have seen them before and I have seen glow worms which are so much cooler.

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  • September 25, 2017 at 12:34 pm
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    I have a question. Can we ever reach at a speed of light to go planets further from solar system

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  • September 25, 2017 at 12:34 pm
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    0:38, Although I don't know if it's trhough editing or a practical effect, I loved the effect of light turning on during the bioluminescence explaination.

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  • September 25, 2017 at 12:34 pm
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    Thank you, these short documentaries are amazing! really, thank you guys!

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  • September 25, 2017 at 12:34 pm
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    I feel your average video length is getting shorter, you should do longer vids. Longer vids are better, more info, more learning, more fun!

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  • September 25, 2017 at 12:34 pm
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    Where can I get the background music? It was so uplifting!

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