Weather Forecast

Panellus stipticus is one of 65 species of bioluminescent fungi in the world, according to the National Science Foundation. Photo by Ylem

Flight Lines: Night-lights from natural sources

Email News Alerts

That we as a species have a fascination, a need even, for light is not in doubt. In its absence there is only deep, glooming dark.

With dark comes unease, trepi-dation, even fear. Imagine the days of prehistoric cave dwellers and the anxiety that permeated everyone’s psyche with the setting of the sun.

I am sure a fire was kept burning in the middle of the room every night. It would not only bring warmth, but an easing of the nightly discomfort brought by the darkness.

Are you a newspaper subscriber but you don't have a Digital Access account yet?

You will need your subscription account number and phone number. Not sure if you have an account? Email us at and we can help you.