Electromagnetic radiation, specifically the range of frequencies visible to humans ("visible light").

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Influence of artificial sunlight on the human body

In a hypothetical scenario, where a large, permanently manned craft is in a continual orbit, and natural sunlight cannot be used as the craft may keep moving and turning, artificial sunlight is used ...
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Can the retina emit light?

The retina is light sensor, which converts light to an electrical signal. LEDs can both emit and receive light. Similarly, is it possible to apply electricity to retina to generate light? Simply ...
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What are the effects of non-ultraviolet light radiation on DNA?

I am trying better understand the effects of varying the frequency of light on DNA, however, most of what comes up is "UV light" and how it is damaging to DNA (presumably by ionization). Have there ...
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Can a computer display work as a daylight lamp?

During winter time I often see advertisements for daylight lamps which are supposed to compensate for the lack of daylight in a winter season. The specs of such a daylight lap seems to be an LED ...
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Lighting device efficacy for plant growth

Background Consider the following technologies: 100 lm/W OLED (2008, source) 303 lm/W LED (2014, source) 94 lm/W LEP (2015, source) For growing food, the preferred measurement is ...
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What happens to H+ when Glycerate 3-Phosphate is converted to Triose Phosphate?

The conversion from Glycerate 3-Phosphate to Triose Phosphate requires: $ATP \rightarrow ADP + P_i$ $NADPH \rightarrow NADP + H^+$ So what happens to the $H^+$? Is it in-effect "recycled" back to ...
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Can microorganisms (e.g. bacteria) be damaged or killed by 253,7 nm light?

The question arose in a hospital, where I saw these flyers advertising lamps that emit such light. It was claimed that they can clean the air of microorganisms up to an arbitrary degree. Does anyone ...
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The definition of leaf area index

In many textbooks, leaf area index (LAI) is defined as the total leaf area per unit ground area. I want to know LAI is defined only by leaves that are directly above the ground (e.g., perpendicular ...
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Why insects are attracted towards light? [duplicate]

Many insects like bees, dragonflies, wasps and other small insects are attracted towards light. Sometimes they are in groups, sometimes they are in solitude. When the light source source is switched ...
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Any examples of animal behavior in response to meteor showers?

I just spent two nights observing the Perseids and was wondering whether any animals have been recorded to exhibit unusual behaviour in response to meteor showers. It is known that some animals ...
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Does your iris color have an effect on your vision?

I've always wondered if having different iris colors, (eye colors) may have any advantages or disadvantages on ones vision. Specifically regarding the effects of light. Personally, I have troubles ...
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Why is human vision restricted to 400-700 nm?

Across the electromagnetic spectrum, 400-700 nm is a narrow spectrum of frequencies and focused in the region of short wavelengths. For example, radio waves cover a large range of frequencies ...
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Is it safe to look indirectly at the Sun?

I.e., is exposure of sunlight onto the peripheral vision less damaging than exposure onto the fovea?
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Why can I see a light flicker when it's in my peripheral vision?

When I'm looking at an old CRT monitor or a worn fluorescent lamp, but not directly in the center of my gaze, the light from it seems to flicker. When I focus my gaze onto the monitor or lamp, the ...
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Surface Power Density of Fluorescing Reaction

I am looking to find out what is the ballpark power density of a fluorescing PCR reaction using a SYBR Green or Taq Man dye might be. Is it on the order of $E_e=1mW/cm^2$, less or more? Any help of ...
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Can other animals see black differently?

I am not sure if this is the right place for this question, but this is a debate that has been going on between two colleagues for days and I need a resolution because it's driving me crazy. So any ...
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Why do human eyes glow red on a photo and dog's eyes green?

Previous Research I know that cameras sometimes come with an anti "red eye" functionality that involves two flashes, presumably the second flash coincides with the shutter opening. Question Why do ...
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Why do dog's eyes glow green on a photo?

Taking my current profile picture as a prominent example: This photo has been taken with flash. As I gather, this is the same effect that makes a human's eyes glow red on photos, namely the ...
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How do PER/CRY complexes accumulate in the cytoplasm?

The Period/Cryptochrome (PER/CRY) complex is a heterodimer that transcriptionally regulates circadian rhythm. When it is phosphorylated, it is transported to the nucleus and it inhibits a ...
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Cells scatter light in solution. Do they refract?

For part of an exam question, "why do cells grown in liquid cause turbidity?" I answered that cells refract light. The correct answer was that cells scatter light. Isn't the light scattering ...
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Would blue light be effective to help average people when sunsets come much earlier in the day?

I know people with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) benefit from blue light in the winter as night-time comes much earlier (in the UK, sunset is around 4pm in December, compared to 9pm in June). ...
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What does “chlorophyll photosynthesis peak” mean in relation to photon wavelength?

When reading about how green / leafy plants work, I saw that they have chlorophyll A & B, which allow the plant to use the energy from light by capturing and transforming. When reading about ...
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Dawn simulation - does color change affect waking up?

just curious. Are there any works or research results related to the influence of light color used for dawn simulation? I mean those wake-up lights which try to simulate dawn to make waking up better ...
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How are chickens affected by light?

When I was young, I was told never to put a fluorescent light in a hen house because it continuously turns on and off. Extra lighting is used, as far as I know, to 'extend' a chicken's day. Human eyes ...
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Receptors for red and far-red light in plants: Shade avoidance

Franklin (2009) describes how plants use the ratio of the red wavelength (660-670nm) over the far-red wavelength (725-735nm) (R:FR) in order to avoid shading. My question is: which receptor is ...
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What is the chemical process involved in human hairs changing colour after sun exposure?

After a day at the beach, my skin tans due to Melanin. But I also observe the black hairs on my arm turn a blond colour. My question is What is the chemical process involved in human hairs ...
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Are insects attracted to near infrared light?

Do insects see near infrared light? If yes, are they attracted to it at night, as they are to visible light sources? I am building something similar to a home-made trailcam with a Raspberry Pi ...
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Where can I get numerical data for the PAR (photosynthetically active radiation) curve?

I'm trying to do some rough figuring to calculating efficiencies of various light sources for growing plants. I'm hampered, however, by the lack of a curve to multiply by the spectrum of light ...
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Is light required for seed germination?

Is light required for germination of every seed? If not, why don't some plants require it? Is there any difference in the quality and duration of light required ? It would be interesting if someone ...
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Is it safe to look at infrared LEDs?

What happens if one looks directly at infrared LEDs? Sometimes I see this kind of LED at night as red dots and I'm also courious about it. I was wondering what would happened if one looked directly ...
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What causes a selective shift of colour perception after removing wavelength filtered glasses?

Background To improve sleep by reducing blue-light melatonin disruption, I wear night-glasses that filter short wavelengths (e.g. something like these). With these glasses on, both the top and bottom ...
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Does bright environment strain eyes more than dim?

I'm trying to figure out how to modify my working conditions so that I can program longer without harming my eyes. Because doing so experimentally hasn't given conclusive results so far, I decided to ...
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Are there specific conditions that allow humans to see ultraviolet wavelengths

It is fairly common knowledge that the lens in its normal state absorbs ultraviolet (UV) radiation. An interesting notion has come up from time to time in my reading that suggests there are a small ...
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Do non-green flower colors have any functional interactions with the sun?

I always hear the pseudo-evolutionary claim "plants are green because they need to use red and blue light". If this premise to my question is true, What (if any) other functional relationship occur ...
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Does artificial high intensity light damage permanently dark ecosystems?

Popular science features on wildlife typically capture camera images using natural light, or high-speed exposures. This is not possible where the ambient light is extremely poor. E.g. Caves, Undersea ...