TED Talk - Edith Widder Discovers New Deep Sea Life By Mimicking Bioluminescence (Video)

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Bioluminescence is that other-worldly way animals can make themselves glow. While it seems so strange to us, it's actually incredibly common in the deep sea. Scientist Edith Widder explains during the TED Mission Blue Voyage that animals use light to find food, attract mates and escape from predators. She shows the fascinating and unique ways in which luminescence is employed by marine life...and she also shows off the clever way she and her team employed it to discover life never known by science until science started mimicking nature.

It makes perfect sense that scientists would want to mimic marine life as closely as possible in order to observe and understand it better. And here, the efforts to do so have paid off as the discovery of new life like the previously unknown squid shown in the video leads to not only an improved understanding of the ocean, but also improved funding so that she can keep up the research!

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