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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

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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.

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