An evening at the sea

An evening at the sea

If you’re at the sea, and it’s a warm night, what would you do? I would walk along the beach and take in the night with all its beauty. Start with the sound of the waves, savour the outlines of rocks, add some starlight and the moon. Perfect! Alas, these days this turns out to …

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Is a 4000 Kelvin LED street light like the moon?

Is a 4000 Kelvin LED street light like the moon?

‘Let’s kill the moonlight!’ proclaimed the Italian poet Filippo Marinetti a few years after Edison’s incadescent lamp enchanted the world. With all our light pollution, we have been quite successful in doing this. And today, some people believe they can create an artificial moonlight. The light of a 4000 Kelvin LED street lamp, so some …

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Moralities of Odienné by Night: André Chappatte talks about an anthropology of light and darkness

Moralities of Odienné by Night: André Chappatte talks about an anthropology of light and darkness

‘I arrived in the provincial town of Odienné (Ivory Coast) by truck after a three-hour journey on unlit sandy roads across the bush. We first saw a few dots of light from afar; after a curve, we then saw a unique street lighting revealing silhouettes of men carrying assault rifles.’ This is the beginning of …

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Magic LED: Why our world gets brighter

Magic LED: Why our world gets brighter

So there has been another climate conference, where the powerful have discussed how to save our world. Main topic, was usual, is the CO2-production. Let’s be honest, most countries find it challenging to reduce their CO2-output, some flatly refuse to try. But some years ago, a light appeared at the end of the tunnel of …

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Losing control – gaining control: Hannah Ahlheim talks about sleep research

Losing control – gaining control: Hannah Ahlheim talks about sleep research

Sleep is an important topic these days. How many hours of sleep do we need, at which time of the night, and in what position? Some people are boasting about their ability to sleep only a few hours, others are very concerned about getting enough healthy sleep. Yesterday, the German health insurance company Techniker Krankenkasse …

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LightWalk in Berlin

LightWalk in Berlin

If you think of Berlin, you also think of night life. However, night life is not only fun, for many people it is hard work. To talk about all the work that goes into a successful nightlife, a conference has been held last week in Berlin. “Stadt nach Acht”, “City after Eight” had many topics …

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