Bioluminescence: Because Shining Out Your Butt Is Cool

I was going to write a blog post about bioluminescence – the ability of certain critters to create their own light – and then I came across this brilliant video by (who else?) the people behind TED Talks! If you are yet to spend the time you should be working skipping through the fathomless coffers of YouTube TED Talks, you haven’t lived, man. Check it out – you’ll find a handsome suite of live science and technology presentations given by people who, for scientists, actually have a personality and a sense of humour!

In this particular animated video, you’ll come to learn what bioluminescence is, why it’s a useful personality trait to have and how this special adaptation benefits the creature in question.

The brilliance of bioluminescence – Leslie Kenna

Video Source: Ted-Ed on YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKjFVBVGad0. Lesson by Leslie Kenna, narrated by Michelle Snow, animation by Cinematic Sweden

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8 thoughts on “Bioluminescence: Because Shining Out Your Butt Is Cool

    • It’s a fantastic idea! Although we have to consider the impact that would have upon moths, who use the moon to navigate. You can’t tamper with anything in nature without causing all kinds of issues elsewhere.

      • It’s really such a double-edged sword… because these ingenious methods would prevent us from using so much coal-powered electricity, which would in turn slow our pumping of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. And this could potentially save thousands of species. I’ve seen what a wind mill can do to a bird and it ‘aint pretty. So, yeah. Decisions, decisions.

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