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The Fascinating Science Behind How Neon Lights Are Made

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For almost 40 years, Gerald Collard of the Neon Family design studio in Montreal, has been hard at work crafting intricate neon signs of all shapes and sizes.

In its first 50 years as a documented art form, neon was considered a secret craft. Collard learned the ropes while studying under the benders at Claude Neon, the company of neon inventor George Claude.

In a recent episode of the Canadian series Oú Se Trouve by Stereokroma, Collard walked viewers through the step-by-step process of neon-making by building a pink "okay" sign. Among the interesting facts we learn: Not only is neon low-maintenance, but it can last up to 50 years, making it a desirable alternative for indoor lighting. Watch the full video below:

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A Tour of the New York Academy of Medicine's Rare Book Room
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The Rare Book Room at the New York Academy of Medicine documents the evolution of our medical knowledge. Its books and artifacts are as bizarre as they are fascinating. Read more here.

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Even in Real Time, the Northern Lights Look Like a Beautiful Timelapse Video
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Nothing compares to seeing the Northern Lights in person, but this video shared by The Kid Should See This is a pretty decent substitute. Though it may look like a timelapse, the footage hasn’t been altered or sped up at all. The undulating green lights you see below are what the aurora borealis looks like in real time.

Astro-photographer Kwon O Chul captured the footage of the meteorological phenomenon in Canada’s Northwest Territories in March 2013. The setting, the Aurora Village in Yellowknife, is a popular destination for tourists coming to see the Northern Lights up close. In the video, you can see how the camp’s glowing teepees complement the colorful ribbon of lights above.

Even if you plan your Northern Lights sightseeing trip perfectly, it’s impossible to guarantee that you’ll get a clear view of the aurora borealis on any given night, since factors like solar activity and weather conditions affect the light show’s visibility. But if you want to know what to expect when the lights are at their peak, take a look at the clip below.

You can check out more of Kwon O Chul's photography on Facebook.

[h/t The Kid Should See This]

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