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“GLOW: Living Lights,” a New Special Exhibit on Display from June 19 thru Sept. 12

Discover what puts the “fire” in fireflies when the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh opens “GLOW: Living Lights,” a new special exhibit on display from June 19 through Sept. 12.

Visitors start their journey by investigating the chemical process that produces “cool” light. They then explore the world of light-producing terrestrial organisms like fireflies, glow worms and foxfire fungus before traveling on to the mid-ocean, where an estimated 90 percent of the animals produce light. Here visitors encounter alien-looking creatures like viper fish, which dangle a light lure to attract their next meal, and cookie cutter sharks, which earned their name from the cookie-size chunks of flesh they take out of unsuspecting prey in the dark. Visitors continue on to demonstrations of the interesting techniques and equipment used by scientists to study bioluminescence, and then explore the many benefits of this research — from helping to speed the study of cancer-fighting drugs to the detection of anthrax spores in public places. Read Article



 

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DID YOU KNOW?
Jellyfish have no brain and can't swim against ocean currents. They don't always know where they are going, but they get there anyway.