Light

Things are chill, at present. It’s Father’s Day. The TV is off. And the boy is away at Boy Scout camp. I’m just laying around, horizontal on the couch, staring at a…






UV PortraitOK conspiracy theorists, why is the electricity company in Sweden really dosing citizens with UV light? From Reuters:

Commuters in the northern Swedish town of Umea are being treated to ultra-violet light therapy as the long, dark winter for which the Nordic state is renowned draws in.

Energy company Umea Energi has decided to install ultra-violet lights at about 30 bus stops for people, which will be in place for the next three weeks.

“This is so people can get a little energy kick as they are waiting,” said Umea Energi marketing chief Anna Norrgard. Umea is about 600 km north of capital city Stockholm…


The Center for Visual Music on under-seen, under-known pioneer Jordan Belson, who sought to create films that could convey formerly unrepresentable ideas and be experienced like music, via psychedelic, kaleidoscopic light manipulation performances. Belson’s work has been added to the Library of Congress, but there has been general difficulty in preserving it:

Between 1957 and 1959, Belson collaborated with composer Henry Jacobs on the historic Vortex Concerts, which combined electronic music with moving visual abstractions projected on the dome of Morrison Planetarium in San Francisco (and also the Brussels World Fair in 1958). These pioneer Light Shows used filmed imagery as well as multiple projections of geometric and polymorphous light phenomena. The Vortex experience inspired Belson to abandon traditional painting and animation in favor of creating visual phenomena in something like real time, by live manipulation of pure light. Many of the films share certain images which Belson regards as “hieroglyphic-ideographic” visual units that express complex ideation not easily stated in verbal terms.


A simulated sunset from a foreign solar system — what a dreamy dusk. PhysOrg writes: Professor Frederic Pont, of the University of Exeter, imagined what it might really look like if a…


There’s always something, says a Swedish study. Phenomenica reports: Scientists claim to have produced particles of light out of vacuum, proving that space is not empty. An international team says that its…




Australian scientists have built device that generates a tractor beam, commonly considered a  figment of alien abduction scenarios and Star Trek. The researchers’ creation thus far is capable of transporting small objects…