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The emission of visible light by certain living organisms, such as the firefly and various fish, marine invertebrates, fungi, and bacteria. Bioluminescence is caused by chemical reactions.

bi′o·lu′mi·nes′cent adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.bioluminescent - (of living organisms) emitting lightbioluminescent - (of living organisms) emitting light; "fireflies are bioluminescent"
organism, being - a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
light - characterized by or emitting light; "a room that is light when the shutters are open"; "the inside of the house was airy and light"
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Art and science come together in a new multimedia exhibit titled "Living Light: Photographs by Light of Bioluminescent Bacteria" on display through Saturday, March 24, at the Epping Gallery at McHenry County College.
He shares his adventures under the stars on social media and has previously captured the Northern Lights from the Brecon Beacons, and even bioluminescent plankton under the Milky Way at Three Cliffs Bay.
Optical in-vivo imaging system for imaging of fluorescent and bioluminescent reporters in small animals, Plants and in-vitro samples.
This bioluminescent, deep-sea creature can feel changes in environmental pressure and flashes dramatically when it senses danger.
Suction cameras capture a humpback whale's eye view as it gulps down 100 kilos of herring, while graceful mobula rays feast on bioluminescent plankton.
And then I went to Puerto Rico and there was this bay filled with bioluminescent organisms.
In a new promotional video, the chart-topping song, which means 'slow,' is used as the soundtrack for scenes of pristine beach, tourists ziplining at surprising speeds above the forest floor, and bioluminescent bays glowing blue in the dark.
And in 2007, a 20-year-old New College student was severely bitten in the torso N by a bull shark as she floated in Sarasota Bay next to a boat in the dark, looking at bioluminescent organisms.
Its hold was a wunderkammer of gelatinous fish and spiny crabs, scarlet sea-spiders, nightmarish cookie cutter sharks and bioluminescent invertebrates.
The experience transfers visitors across the Alpha-Centauri solar system, where they will explore floating mountains and bioluminescent rainforests.
The section of the park will feature two rides, one called Na'vi River Journey, which is a family friendly excursion that takes guest through a bioluminescent rainforest.
In any discussion of biohacking, Exhibit A is likely to be the "glowing plant," the wildly successful 2013 Kickstarter campaign that raised $484,013 to create bioluminescent plants visible at night.