UV Light in the News

Ultraviolet light is everywhere!  Every month, science makes new discoveries based on UV rays.  We’re still learning how our eyesight works, what UV light can do to our skin, how UV radiation varies from planet to planet… and much more.

This selection of noteworthy articles is bound to “brighten” any classroom discussion on light and the UV light spectrum.  Read on!

Did you know that birds can see UV light?  Get the bird’s eye view on ultraviolet vision. 

http://io9.com/want-ultraviolet-vision-youre-going-to-need-smaller-ey-1468759573

NASA’s launch to the Sun

NASA is about to launch a spacecraft closer to our home star than ever before, and you’re welcome to join in.  NASA is letting anyone submit their name online to be included on a microchip aboard the Parker Solar Probe.  All aboard!

UV light to fight germs?  Yes!

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/01/could-ultraviolet-lamps-slow-spread-flu

Did UV light help create life on Earth?

https://phys.org/news/2017-08-ultraviolet-ultra-important-life.html

UV light may solve the white-nose syndrome that kills thousands of bats each year. 

https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/01/north-america-bat-killer-white-nose-syndrome-ultraviolet-light-spd/

UV rays can harm your skin… even in the shade! 

A once-in-a-lifetime “perfect storm” causes the strongest UV-B radiation levels ever measured on Earth.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/blazing-world-record-strongest-uv-rays-measured-in-south-america/

Coming soon:  “smart” contact lenses that will give you infrared and ultraviolet vision!

 
 
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