Why Chant Om / Aum / Ong?

The syllable Om is first mentioned in the Upanishads, the mystical texts associated with the Vedanta philosophy, originating between 1500 – 1200 BC. Om is considered the mother of the bij, or “seed” mantras — short, potent sounds that correlate to each chakra and are used as parts of longer chants. In a class or […]

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New study shows that three-quarters of observed sea animals are bioluminescent

According to a new study recently published in Scientific Reports, MBARI researchers Séverine Martini and Steve Haddock have found that three-quarters of the animals in Monterey Bay waters between the surface and 4,000 meters deep can produce their own light. This is particularly exciting because the study is the first-ever quantitative analysis of bioluminescent organisms. Very few cameras are […]

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Bioluminescent Glow-Worm Cave Photos by Joseph Michael

Bioluminescence is an oft-mentioned topic here at Solid Glow HQ, but glow-worms have yet to make such a prominent appearance. Maybe this resonates so deeply with me because I loved the heck out of my Glow-Worm doll when I was a lil’ one, or maybe it’s simply because THIS WORLD IS MAGIC and these naturally illuminating […]

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On Flow

While houseguesting in Berkeley, California this winter, I was poking around my host’s bookshelves and found a book with a simple monosyllabic title (a marked contrast to the author’s indecipherable name). I got about halfway through Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced chik-sent-mi-hai) before I had to reluctantly move on to my next destination. I spent […]

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Adela Andea and the New Bioluminescence

Romanian-born, Texas based artist Adela Andea creates complex light sculptures and installations using LED and CCL lights along with pulsing electrical components. Andea has said that she strives to create “futuristic eco-systems….that ebb and flow between organic biological forms and glowing technological systems”. Her oeuvre varies widely, but the work that resonates with me is […]

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