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Theres an Annual Light Festival in Prague and It Looks Amazing

© Marek Madensky For the last 5 years, the SIGNAL Festival of Lights has been largest cultural event in the Czech Republic, drawing over 2 millions attendees to Prague since its inception. This year’s festival, which ran from October 11-14 featured over 20 installations; most of which were site-specific, light and 3D projection mapping projects, often combined with audio. They were installed in the downtown neighborhoods of Karlin, Centrum and Vinohrady. The size and scale of the installations are hard to convey online. It’s a true sensory overload, a shared…

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Burning Since 1901, this Bulb is the Poster Child for Planned Obsolescence

At 117-year-old (as of June 2018), the Centennial Light is the world’s longest-lasting light bulb. Burning since June of 1901, it is currently located inside Fire Station #6 at 4550 East Avenue, Livermore, California, and maintained by the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department. The bulb has been officially recognized by The Guinness Book of World Records, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, and General Electric as the world’s longest-burning light bulb. The Centennial Light was originally a 30-watt or 60-watt bulb but now is very dim, emitting about the same light as a…

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Amazing Light Pillars Spotted Over Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

Photograph by Sophie Melanson Photographer Sophie Melanson recently shared an amazing set of photos on Facebook and Twitter of ‘light pillars’ over her hometown of Moncton, New Brunswick in Eastern Canada. According to CBC News: “Light pillars appear when either natural or artificial light bounces off ice crystals floating close to the ground. In this case, the air was so cold that ice crystals were forming in the air, reflecting the city’s street and business lights.” The web developer and amateur photographer told Global News it was the third time…

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