Volume 84 Issue 49 | pp. 69-73
Issue Date: December 4, 2006

Luminous With Promise

Visible even from space, the conspicuous chemistry of bioluminescence continues to open new research and technology niches
Department: Science & Technology

Almost 12 years ago, the British merchant vessel S.S. Lima was cruising under a clear night sky along a southwesterly course in the Indian Ocean about 150 miles off the coast of Somalia. "A whitish glow was observed on the horizon," a crew member later reported. "After 15 minutes of steaming, the ship was completely surrounded by a sea of milky white color with a fairly uniform luminescence. ... It appeared as though the ship . . .

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