EarthTalk – Can bioluminescence be used for everyday lighting?

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Dear EarthTalk:

Is there any way we could harness the light from bioluminescent organisms for everyday lighting and other practical purposes?

-- M. Wilson, Framingham, MA

Bioluminescence--defined by Merriam-Webster as "the emission of light from living organisms (such as fireflies, dinoflagellates, and bacteria) as the result of internal, typically oxidative chemical reactions"--is one of the wonders of nature that just about any of us can witness.

100 community volunteers building new playground in Kit Carson

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Volunteers from Colorado Health Foundation, Kit Carson School District and the community will join KaBOOM! August 9 to transform an empty site into a kid-designed, state-of-the-art playground in just six hours at Prairie Park. The new playground will help make play the easy choice for kids and families in Kit Carson.