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  When thinking of aluminum, kitchen foil may come to mind. Shiny on one side, matte on the other. Aluminum foil is generally 1.8 – 2.5 microns thick. Aluminum leaf at 0.4 – 0.8 microns is fragile but equally capable of … Read More

Motion and Reflection

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  Visual distortions offered by movement and the reflective surface of the trapezoidal 3-story ‘Cuboid Balloon’ make a light-hearted interplay that softens the geometry and solidity of the containing architecture. The effect of the seemingly solid volume floating about in … Read More

Iridescence 1

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  Occurrence of iridescence in nature has inspired artists and architects to mimic the phenomenon with playful and entertaining works using man-made iridescent materials, at times cleverly enhanced by customized lighting. As angles of light change, disturbed refraction or interference of … Read More


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  Fluorescence is scientifically defined as “The giving off of light by a substance when it is exposed to electromagnetic radiation, such as [ultraviolet light] . . . as long as electromagnetic radiation continues to bombard the substance.” In terms of the … Read More


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  In winter the Tokachi River’s fresh water freezes. Ice breaks away and returns tumbled and polished by ocean waves. The ice has a translucence unique to the Tokachi – a glowing diffusion that moves beyond precise definition.     … Read More

Ultraviolet Light

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  Cara Phillips has created a fascinating contemplative-feeling portrait portfolio inspired by ultraviolet photography used in the medical profession to visualize the ‘state of the skin’. The project reveals “every tiny little imperfection across a person’s face. To produce the black and white series, the … Read More

Bioluminescence – Microorganisms

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  Bioluminescent phytoplankton display a vibrant bluish greenish light when disturbed or agitated by wave action – creating the sparkle of this drifting night-time spectacle. Bioluminescence occurs in these microscopic living organisms when the enzyme luciferase catalyzes oxidation of the chemical luciferin to a light-emitting state. Luciferin is well named – originating from … Read More

Bioluminescence – Crystal Jelly

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  The transparent and virtually colorless appearance of the ‘crystal jelly’ belies its fluorescent contribution to the advancement of biological imaging. The only presence of bioluminescence is a ring of green fluorescence at the rim of the umbrella shape. The ring is only visible … Read More

Emitted Light

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  The atom-thick graphene layer in the image is in the hard-to-believe one billionth of a meter range. The exceptional conductivity and strength of light emitted at the atomic level of graphene has played a significant role in light amplification in LEDs and fiber … Read More

Visible Spectrum

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  A prism’s display can go beyond startling and gain a mesmerizing even searing presence in refracting colors of the visual spectrum. Artists have represented and reinterpreted the spectrum in ways that are amazing in concept and coherence of execution. … Read More