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Image of the Day
Infographic: Skotomorphogenesis Versus Photomorphogenesis
Kerry Grens | Jan 31, 2018
Pectin fragments may signal plant cells to maintain a type of growth suited to darkness.
Image of the Day: Plant Bulbs
Staff | Dec 14, 2017
Scientists infuse plants with the luminescence of fireflies.
Bacterial Photography Goes Technicolor
Erin Hare | May 22, 2017
Genetically engineered "disco bacteria" sense and respond to different colors of light, creating both stunning art in the culture dish and new possibilities for synthetic biology.
Phosphorylation at the Flick of a Switch
Ruth Williams | May 1, 2017
Incorporating light-controlled dimerization domains into kinases provides tight regulation of these enzymes.
Do Brighter Species’ Brains Emit Redder Light?
Alison F. Takemura | Oct 1, 2016
Photon emissions in the brain are red-shifted in more-intelligent species, though scientists dispute what that means.
Light Sensors in Cephalopod Skin
Kerry Grens | May 21, 2015
Squid, cuttlefish, and octopuses possess vision machinery in their skin.
The Dark Side of Light
Kerry Grens | May 14, 2015
Artificially extended days cause mice to gain fat and alter the function of their brown fat, a study shows.
Panic of the Disco Clam
Jenny Rood | Jan 6, 2015
The mollusk’s flashy tactics scare off predators.
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Oct 1, 2014
Retinal glial cells acting as optical fibers shuttle longer wavelengths of light to individual cones.
Bionic Eye Sees the Light
Cristina Luiggi | May 15, 2012
A light-powered retinal implant restores vision in rats.