Living things that make their own light exist across the natural world, from fireflies to dinoflagellates to glow-in-the-dark mushrooms. We explore the point of all that light with the help of a Harvard scholar and a bioluminescent bay.
On a rainy day in September, a crowd gathered outside the Wrigley Building in downtown Chicago. They were waiting in line to take advantage of a rare opportunity: A chance to ask a Nobel Laureate anything and everything they ever wanted to know about science.
Several weeks ago I had the pleasure of moderating a conversation among four scientists from local institutions, all of whom worked in rather unconventional “labs:” a mine shaft half-a-mile underground, a volcanic crater in Siberia, a racetrack in rural America.The subject of the event was “Xtreme r