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  • Kate Nichols: Color By Nano
    Artist Kate Nichols longed to paint with the iridescent colors of butterfly wings, but no such pigments existed. So she became the first artist-in-residence at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to synthesize nanoparticles and incorporate them into her artwork. From the laboratory to the studio, see how Kate uses the phenomenon known as "structural color" to transform nanotechnology into creativity.
  • Radio: Fish Use Polarized Light to Disappear
    Scientists discover how some fish make a cloaking effect to avoid predators. Find out more in this radio segment by https://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/quirks-quarks-for-nov-21-2015-1.3328206/fish-use-polarized-light-to-disappear-1.3328358
  • Science Snack: Rotating Light
    White light is made up of all the colors in the rainbow. When polarized white light passes through a sugar solution, each color’s direction of polarization is changed by a different amount. The colors change as the depth of the solution changes or as the polarizing filter is rotated. Try it yourself in this activity from the Exploratorium. https://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/rotating-light
  • Video: "Human powered" sun clock - Human Sundial
    Video presentation about Human Sunclock making process. For more information please visit www.suncanisat.com or send inquiry via e mail.
  • Video: Show Me Some Science! Polarization of the Sky
    Bees are capable of remarkable feats of orientation and navigation; they have a very strong sense of direction. Find out more in this easy experiment.
  • Activity: Twisting light
    How does a third polarizer make light pass through crossed polarizers? Find out in this activity from Cienascao. https://www.sciensation.org/hands-on_experiments/e5087p_twistingLight.html
  • Article: Butterfly wings inspire a better way to absorb light in solar panels
    The wings of a butterfly have inspired a new type of solar cell that can harvest light twice as efficiently as before and could one day improve our solar panels.
  • Article: Rudolph and relatives have UV vision
    The reindeer of the high north can see light that is invisible to our eyes. This is a big advantage in a snow white landscape.
  • Article: Word of the week: Electromagnetic spectrum
    When you think of light, you probably think of what your eyes can see. But the light to which our eyes are sensitive is just the beginning; it is a sliver of the total amount of light that surrounds us. The electromagnetic spectrum is the term used by scientists to describe the entire range of light that exists. From radio waves to gamma rays, most of the light in the universe is, in fact, invisible to us! Find out how the electromagnetic spectrum works in this article from EarthSky. https://earthsky.org/space/what-is-the-electromagnetic-spectrum
  • Bats Use Polarized Light To Set Internal Compasses
    Although bats are known for using echolocation to orient and navigate, they draw on a suite of senses to get around. A new study reveals another ability: Bats use patterns of polarized light in the sky to navigate.
  • Lesson: Polarization
    You may not be aware of it, but polarized light is all around you. Generally speaking, the human visual system is not particularly adept at perceiving polarized light. While some animals, bees in particular, are quite sensitive to polarized light, humans usually find it difficult to detect it with the unaided eye.  Find out more from this lesson on Polarization from Arbor Scientific.
  • Project: Invisible Art- Mosaics, Polarized Light, and 3D Glasses
    This simple project capitalizes on the ability of certain materials that not only polarize light but twist it, and of 3D glasses to see that light as various colors. https://www.instructables.com/id/Invisible-Art-Mosaics-Polarized-Light-and-3D-Glass/
  • Project: Polarized-Light Mosaic
    Using transparent tape and polarizing material, you can make and project beautifully colored patterns reminiscent of abstract or geometric stained-glass windows. Rotating the polarizer as you view the patterns makes the colors change. https://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/polarized-light-mosaic
  • Project: Shadows and Time
    This simple activity visually records the movement of the sun and the shadow it casts during various times in the day. Do it yourself with this simple activity by Make it Your Own. http://make-it-your-own.com/shadows-time/
  • Samantha Lee: Universal Assembly Unit pulsing Light Pollination installation for iGuzzini
    Commissioned by iGuzzini, Light Pollination consists of 20,000 LED lights embedded on the ends of fibre-optic cables. These gently pulse with light to mimic the phenomenon of bioluminescence in nature. https://www.dezeen.com/2016/09/12/video-interview-universal-assembly-unit-interactive-installation-light-pollination-iguzzini-movie/
  • Science Documentary : Electromagnetic Spectrum , a science documentary on forms of light
    Since all matter emits light, we can use infrared telescopes to see stars and dust in space that we would otherwise be unable to see.  And by viewing the color of the star, we can gauge its distance and its temperature. Find out more about forms of light in this science documentary by Science Round. Watch the YouTube video
  • Student Example: Kaleidoscope
    The kaleidoscope consists of two polarized filters on top of each other. By rotating the filters the colors and composition changes because of the polarization. See this student’s example. https://www.behance.net/gallery/14306539/Kaleidoscope
  • Video: From Butterflies to Biophotonic Implants
    At Caltech, engineers inspired by nano-scale structures on butterfly wings have developed synthetic versions that make eye implants for glaucoma patients function more accurately. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBXZF9em4Go&feature=share
  • Video: Art With Polarization
    In this project we will make beautiful pieces of art that can change their colour when you move them. We do this by using the phenomenon called polarisation - this is a property that light waves exhibit. So, in the end, you will not only use your creativity but also learn something about the physics of light! Besides, you will use a laser cutter, a 3D printer and many of the other handy tools provided in a Fab Lab. https://www.instructables.com/id/Art-With-Polarization-light-phablabs/
  • Video: Linear Parabolic Solar Reflectors- A Practical Experiment for Students
    The BioSTEAM artist, Ana MacArthur, chose a parabolic shape for the site specific installation, Pollinator Concentrator. In this practical activity/experiment, learn about parabolas, make a parabolic solar reflector, and then investigate its ability to focus sunlight.
  • Video: Tour of the Electro-Magnetic Spectrum - Introduction
    Find out about the science and applications of the electro magnetic spectrum in this NASA Science video.
  • Video: UV Camera Shows 10 Fruits in an Amazing New Way
    For this UV video, the subject is illuminated directly by UV emitting lamps . UV filter is placed on the lens, which allows ultraviolet light to pass and which absorbs or blocks all visible and infrared light. UV filters are made from special colored glass and may be coated or sandwiched with other filter glass to aid in blocking unwanted wavelengths.
  • Video: What Gives the Morpho Butterfly Its Magnificent Blue? | Deep Look
    What does it mean to be blue? The wings of a Morpho butterfly are some of the most brilliant structures in nature, and yet they contain no blue pigment -- they harness the physics of light at the nanoscale. Learn more about these butterflies in this Deep Look video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29Ts7CsJDpg&list=PLdKlciEDdCQA1MVDuyxZPVloYV3wpunMO&index=5&t=0s
  • Video: Wonderful experiment with polarized light
    This video is about simple experiment with polarized light. All you need is polarized glasses (for 3D films) and LCD monitor as source of polarized light. Take some transparent plastic things and get ready to say "WOW!".
  • What is Polage Art?
    Artist Austine Wood Comarow talks about her art and how the materials make color without any pigments or dyes. https://vimeo.com/296214230
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