Saturday Snippets…3rd September 2022…Today’s one word prompt is “Light”

Good morning and welcome once(again to Saturday Snippets where my muse struts her stuff and gives me a word…A one-word prompt she did however not utter a thought when I happened to click on the wrong date I blame my muse and the fact that September just came too soon…so no it wasn’t you ….my loyal readers who chanced upon the wrong day it was moi and I do apologise for confusing you anyway today my one-word prompt is “light” although I can’t say it shows much of that here at the moment as it’s dull and dreary plus we had torrents of overnight rain a real doozy of a tropical downpour…so come with me and see just what I have found …Starting with a beautiful heritage breed of chooks!

The Light Sussex is known as a “heritage breed”, one of the many different Sussexes bred from game fowl brought to England by the Romans as long ago as AD 43. The original birds were bred together with native breeds and created first the Speckled Sussex and later, the Light Sussex…Yes, it’s a chook!… They are a popular white-fleshed chicken used for producing meat. The chicks of all of the varieties are fast to mature (for a rare breed), with the exception of the speckled which takes a little longer. The light Sussex has a white body with a black tail and black wing tips…

Look at him in all his glory a magnificent specimen …A Light Sussex Cockerel…

Musically “light” is the theme of many a song from The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Led Zeppelin,  Bruce Springsteen, Jessie J, Elvis and Demi Lovato the choices are endless…so many songs feature “light” I have named but a few…today my first choice is COLDPLAY!

Many species of jellyfish, worms, sharks and sea stars can create this glow. In fact, bioluminescence is the most prevalent type of light production in the seas. Scientists estimate that 76% of all ocean animals are bioluminescent…wow, I just wish I had learned to scuba dive and could witness first-hand the beauty under the seas…but all this luminance is not confined to the seas…

Fireflies, frogs, jellyfish, butterflies, mushrooms and even parrots have the ability to emit light from their bodies. These creatures use either bioluminescence or fluorescence to put on their light shows. Speaking of Chemistry explains the chemistry behind these natural light sources in this week’s video…Enjoy the show!

However, it’s not only animals but plants did we miss a trick as humans?

A team of Spanish scientists have found that four-o’clocks, portulacas, and certain other flashy flowers glow, too. These are the first flowers that anyone has found that naturally glow within the range of light that people can see, the scientists report. A few other types of flowers give off ultraviolet light.

Did you know?

The Centennial Light is the world’s longest-lasting light bulb, burning since 1901, and almost never turned off. It is located at 4550 East Avenue, Livermore, California, and is maintained by the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department…The fire department claims that the bulb is at least 121 years old (installed in 1901) and has only been turned off a handful of times…

Graphene aerogel …is the world’s new lightest material but it’s not just an ordinary piece of material…For a long time, according to Gizmodo, everybody agreed that NASA’s super-lightweight silica aerogel was number one. Often dubbed “solid smoke,”

Cars are not the first objects that come to mind when considering the world’s lightest objects. But according to the Guinness Book of records… Louis Borsi of London built and drove a 9.5 kilogram, or 21 pounds, car. The tiny car has a 2.5cc engine and was capable of reaching a speed of 15 miles per hour…

For competitive racers, even a tiny reduction in weight can be an advantage. According to the World Record Academy, Gunter Mai of Germany has the record for building the lightest racing bike. The bike, now disassembled, weighed 6.1 pounds and had a carbon fiber frame.

While balsa wood is widely considered to be the most lightweight usable wood, it is not the lightest wood. That honour belongs to the flesh of the Apeiba tree, which grows primarily in South and Central America. The same volume of balsa wood would be slightly less than three times the weight of Apeiba tibourbou, the most common species of the Apeiba genus. The tree’s bark is sometimes used to build rafts.

Insects may seem like simple little bundles of reflexes and have often been described as biological robots. Robobee is the real thing. Engineered in 2013 by Harvard University researchers, the mini robot prototype weighed just 80 mg — about 30 times lighter than a penny.

This is a very interesting video in so much as it explains the role of a scientist and inventor who has failures and the more they have the more failures they have the more they learn…I wish people would apply that when new products arrive on the market or we are told what the new superfood is…we are the guinea pigs…when will we learn that … so many times if we think about it we have had new fads and years down the line we have then been told..scrap that it isn’t as good for your health as we originally thought, for example, low-fat products..low fat usually means more sugar…we were the guinea pigs, as a result, the world’s health suffered, morbid obesity skyrocketed, lifestyle diseases are off the scale…many people think I am nuts when I bang on about chemicals in food and hormones injected into our meat supply…just look around you and tell me I am wrong…

My final musical choice is from Linkin Park…if we know about Linkin Park and enjoy the music then we can feel the sadness and know the reality …I love this track…

Thank you for joining me for Saturday Snippets…Yes, it’s now Saturday 3rd September…as always I look forward to your comments I hope you all have a fabulous weekend…xx

21 thoughts on “Saturday Snippets…3rd September 2022…Today’s one word prompt is “Light”

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      1. CarolCooks2 Post author

        If you lived here, Jim, unless it’s a major very well-known company quite frankly some of the things, scare the bejesus out of me and trying to find an electrician who is not taught by his brother’s uncle twice removed for 2 weeks then let loose on the public …beware!

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  2. D. Wallace Peach

    What a fascinating post, Carol. I love the musical choices but was most interested in the sciencey stuff – the robobee, light wood, 121-year-old lightbulb, and my favorite… the bioluminescent creatures. To me, those are pure magic and straight out of fantasy worlds. Thanks for the fun browse!

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  5. Clive

    I’m easily confused, and really had to check the calendar to make sure. Even with the time difference it must still be Friday over there, right!

    Some great facts, and three out of four on the music is pretty good (I’ve never liked Ellie Goulding, especially after she murdered the lovely Waterboys song!). It was so poignant watching the Linkin Park one: it’s a beautiful song and the band’s dedication to Chester was lovely.

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