Weekly Dose of Woah #14 [March 6, 2019]

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Did you know that scorpions glow under Ultraviolet (UV) light?

That’s right, the arachnids that normally look like this:

When combined with a UV light (i.e. a black light):

Makes the scorpion “glow” like this:

Scientists think that scorpions may have evolved this feature to be able to detect moonlight, which does give off ultraviolet radiation. This would help a scorpion let it know that it can be seen (via the moonlight) by predators and look for shelter.

Another line of reasoning suggests that scorpions glow to convert the dim UV light from the moon and the stars into the colorur that they see best – blue-green. This could explain why scorpion eyes are so exquisitely sensitive, to the point where they can detect the faint glow of starlight against the background of the night sky. They amplify those faint signals by turning their entire bodies into light collectors.

Learn more and see them in action with the video below.

So…did you know scorpions glow in UV light? What’s your theory? Tell us in the comments below.

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About Nicco Reggente, PhD 145 Articles
Nicco is the co-founder and CEO of WoahStork and Strain Genie-- two companies dedicated to bringing to life his passion of bringing personalized medicine to the cannabis industry. Nicco received his PhD from UCLA in cognitive neuroscience with a focus on machine learning applied to neuroimaging datasets. He previously received two B.As from NYU in Psychology and Philosophy.

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