Vanderbilt scientists have developed a probe that causes brain cells to glow in the dark. The key ingredient in this research? A bioluminescent species of shrimp. Carl Johnson, Stevenson Professor of Biological Sciences, spearheaded the research that was published in the journal Nature Communications on October 27, 2016.
A hawksbill sea turtle found off the coast of the Solomon Islands is the first biofluorescent reptile ever discovered. The sea turtle was "glowing" green and red as it swam by researchers observing corals in the Pacific Ocean.
A pale, bewhiskered, tricksy fish was recently discovered between 3000 and 4000 feet deep in the Gulf of Mexico.
Bioluminescence. Throughout nature, glowing in the dark could have a number of intriguing purposes, ranging from vision to attracting prey. However, a new study of millipedes suggests that it starts as a simple biological mistake and, for some, can stay that way.
If you've ever taken an evening hike, you may have seen them: mushrooms that are a little brighter than they should be in the failing light. Thousands of years ago, Greek philosophers called this "cold fire" as the light emanated from decaying wood, but today's scientists know better. It's bioluminescence, and researchers are revealing how and why exactly some mushrooms have it.
The Amazon rainforest is full of some amazing things, but you've never seen this before. A wildlife photographer and a team of entomologists recently confirmed the existence of a beautiful and deadly (for prey, anyways) glowing worm.
A longstanding question among scientists is whether evolution is predictable, and they may have finally found their answer in two distinct species of squid. The genetic underpinning of bioluminescence, or the ability to emit light, in these cephalopods may in fact be surprisingly predictable, new research shows.