How Do Megamouth Sharks Glow?

Despite being a massive shark (measuring up to 16 feet/5 meters in length), there is a lot shark scientists don’t know about megamouth sharks (Megachasma pelagios). With only 117 specimens observed and documented so far, this filter-feeding shark is one of the rarest big sharks known in the world!

The megamouth shark was first discovered in 1976 by a

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Carol of Lights going virtual, but Texas Tech will still glow for Christmas season

For A-J Media

If there’s one Texas Tech University tradition every Red Raider knows, it’s the Carol of Lights. Held each year near the end of the fall semester, the annual event concludes with the flick of a switch and the glow of more than 25,000 colored bulbs illuminating the 18 buildings around Memorial Circle, the Engineering Key and the Broadway entrance to campus.

The event is presented thanks to the hard work and dedication of students in the Texas Tech Residence Halls Association, part of University Student Housing. Despite the current COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Carol of Lights will go on – with some changes. The biggest change? The event, themed “The Matador Lights,” will be entirely virtual.

“There will be no in-person events associated with Carol of Lights this year,” said D’aun Green, senior associate managing director of University Student Housing. “By offering the event virtually, we can

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Radiation Might Make Jupiter’s Salty, Icy Moon Europa Glow | Smart News

Jupiter sits in the hole of a giant, doughnut-shaped magnetic field swirling with charged particles that create intense radiation belts. The planet’s many moons are caught in the waves of radiation—and that might even make one of them glow, according to new research published on November 9 in the journal Nature Astronomy.

Researchers mimicked the cold, salty surface of Jupiter’s fourth-largest moon, Europa, using ice. When they exposed their frozen faux-Europa sample to radiation, it lit up, reports Science News’ Maria Temming.

Our moon appears bright in the night sky because it’s hit by sunlight, which it reflects down to Earth. The side without sunlight is dark. Europa, which is just a bit smaller than Earth’s moon, also has a sunlit side. But the other side might glow in the dark because of Jupiter’s radiation.

Scientists from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory figured this out because they created a device

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NASA says Jupiter’s funky moon Europa may glow in the dark

This artist’s illustration shows what Europa’s nightside glow might look like.


If you managed to get to Jupiter and then looked at the dark side of its moon Europa, you might be blown away by an ethereal glimmer. The fascinating icy moon may sport a glow-in-the-dark nightside triggered by blasting radiation. 

Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have figured out what Europa’s glow might look like and how it ties into the composition of the moon’s ice. The team published a paper on the potential glow in the journal Nature Astronomy on Monday.  

Here on Earth, we’re used to seeing our moon shining back at us as sunlight reflects off its surface. That’s not how Europa’s special gleam would work. Europa’s ice is likely mixed with salts (which we know as Epsom salt and

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Jupiter’s icy moon Europa may glow in the dark

Jupiter’s icy moon Europa could give the word “moonlight” a whole new meaning. New lab experiments suggest the nightside of this moon glows in the dark.

Europa’s surface, thought to be mostly water ice laced with various salts, is continually bombarded with energetic electrons by Jupiter’s intense magnetic field (SN: 5/19/15). When researchers simulated that interaction in the lab by shooting electrons at salty ice samples, the ice glowed. The brightness of that glow depended on the kind of salt in the ice, researchers report online November 9 in Nature Astronomy.

If the same interaction on Europa creates this never-before-seen kind of moonlight, a future mission there, such as NASA’s planned Europa Clipper spacecraft, may be able to use this ice glow map Europa’s surface composition. That, in turn, could give insight into the salinity of the ocean thought to lurk under Europa’s icy crust (SN:

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One of Jupiter’s icy moons may glow in the dark

Jupiter might have its own little night light, in the form of an icy moon that glows in the dark.

Like Earth’s lunar companion, the Jovian moon Europa shines brightly on its sunlight side. But our rocky lunar neighbor is swathed in darkness on its far side, which is part of why we see the moon wax and wane and even seem to vanish from sight. Now, laboratory experiments suggest that ice on the far side of Europa might instead give off a visible greenish or bluish white light, driven by the constant bombardment of radiation from Jupiter’s intense magnetic field.

“It would be a nice fairytale-like thing to stand on Europa and see,” says Murthy Gudipati, an astrophysicist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and lead author of the new study, published today in Nature Astronomy.

The team tested ice laced with a variety of different salts thought to

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A blue-green glow adds to platypuses’ long list of bizarre features

Between the electricity-sensing bill, venomous heel spurs and egg laying, the platypus was already one of the strangest mammals alive today (SN: 5/8/08). Now, researchers have found that this Australian oddity has another unexpected feature: It fluoresces under ultraviolet light.

Platypuses’ dense, waterproof fur absorbs ultraviolet light and emits a blue-green glow, mammologist Paula Spaeth Anichand colleagues discovered somewhat serendipitously. A chance sighting of a fluorescent flying squirrel in the wild had led the researchers to the mammal collection at the Field Museum in Chicago. After examining the museum’s preserved squirrel skins and finding that fluorescence occurred in at least three flying squirrel species, the team decided to examine pelts from marsupials too, as those were the only mammals previously known to possess fluorescent fur. And it just so happened that the drawer of monotremes — an early branch of mammals that, today, is represented only by platypuses

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OPPO inaugurates all-new Reno Glow technology on Reno4 Series in the region

The patented Reno Glow technology is a unique diamond cutting technique applied on glass that gives the phones a transparent, yet dazzling tone on the back cover. Working with traditional anti-glare (AG) glass, OPPO’s R&D team pioneered new techniques of crystal drilling, suspended coating and light path texture to give the phones a matte finish with glittery details. Based on the design-led nature of the Reno series, OPPO worked with Pantone Color InstituteTM to jointly innovate an exclusive Galactic Blue color for the Reno4 series. Reno Glow was then applied to the Galactic Blue on Reno4 Pro 5G, making the smartphone a symbol of youth culture and fashion.

It took the OPPO design team 200 rounds of process and parameter adjustments to arrive at the Reno Glow technique. As a leading technology company, OPPO has also pledged, in 2019, USD 7.2 billion in R&D over the next three years

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Platypuses Glow Under UV Light


  • Researchers found that platypus fur actually glows under UV light
  • They made the discovery when studying the glow in another mammal species
  • The trait has been observed in many other animals but only a few mammals

What could possibly make the duck-billed platypus stranger that it already is? Researchers found that their fur also glows blue when placed under ultraviolet (UV) light.

Platypuses are some of the strangest creatures on the planet. They’re one of the very few mammals that lay eggs, they have bills and webbed feet similar to ducks’, their tails look rather like beaver tails and, apparently, they also glow an eerie shade of blue-green when exposed to UV light.

The latter was recently discovered by a team of scientists who were actually studying biofluorescence, the means by which creatures absorb and re-emit wavelengths of light, in the museum specimens of another species. According to

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