Every Human Is Bioluminescent

NEWS: The Curiosity Podcast is out! Subscribe on iTunesStitcher, Google Play MusicSoundCloud and add the RSS feed to any podcast player. If you love it please consider leaving us a review.

Actually, everything with a temperature above 0 Kelvin emits light. But our glow is not just from body heat—the amount of light and the amount of heat we give off do not match, meaning we truly are slightly bioluminescent. Scientists found that we give off light in a 24-hour cycle, and that the brightest light comes from our cheeks, forehead, and neck.

Share the knowledge!

Key Facts In This Video

  1. Bioluminescence is the production and emission of light by a living organism. 00:08

  2. An anglerfish's lure is full of light-generating bacteria. 00:30

  3. Anglerfish get their name from their glowing lures, which serve the same function as a fisherman's (or angler's) bait. 01:28

If you liked this you'll love our podcast! Check it out on iTunes, StitcherGoogle Play Music, SoundCloud, search 'curiosity' on your favorite podcast app or add the RSS Feed URL.

Advertisement