Bioluminescence is the production of light by a living organism. About 90% of deep-sea marine life produces bioluminescence in one form or another, but certain worms, mollusks, and insects can convert chemical energy to light energy as well. It is theorized that bioluminescence is used for camouflage, attraction of prey, repulsion of predators, and, in the case of certain bacteria, communication. Why is most marine bioluminescence in the blue and green part of the spectrum?
Back in the day
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus is a gothic novel that spawned a genre of horror stories and films. It tells the story of Frankenstein, a scientist, who discovers how to bring inanimate matter to life, and creates a man-monster. When Frankenstein fails to provide a mate to satisfy the creature's human emotions, it seeks revenge. Mary Shelley came up with the idea for the novel while vacationing at the home of what famous poet?
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Al-Faruqi was a renowned Palestinian-American scholar widely considered to be one of the most knowledgeable thinkers on the subjects of Islam and comparative religion. He taught in Egypt, Canada, and the US, authoring 25 books and 100 articles on subjects such as Arabism and Muslim identity. He was one of the scholars who proposed the idea of the Islamization of knowledge, an attempt to synthesize the ethics of Islam with various fields of modern thought. What was mysterious about his death?