• Outside of a few points of rigor, in, say, the suburbs of Washington, DC and Silicon Valley, with scattered outposts of light in between, they primarily see lax and decadent American parents refusing to demand educational excellence from their children, so essential to success in a global economy.

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  • If light is scattered so strongly that it goes almost everywhere, some is bound to bounce back into the cavity and get trapped there.

    ECONOMIST: Microlasers

  • Usually not by much, but enough to give us things like color, which is a result of our perception different wavelengths of light being scattered by objects or media or both.

    FORBES: Slowing the Speed of Light to a Crawl

  • At sunset, the sun appears red (the blue light has been scattered out of that image, too), so the cells of the eye that detect red are overloaded and incapable of registering weaker red signals.

    ECONOMIST: In a flash

  • There was no moon, and the stars were high and faint, but the rails shone clear and far, as if they were gathering, out of the poverty of darkness, the light that had been scattered in the gloom.

    NEWYORKER: Among Animals and Plants

  • Many of them have been commandeered by the city's large homeless population, who slip away in the light of day but leave behind evidence of their existence — dirty clothes scattered about, a bedroll where they slept, empty cans and plastic foam containers from what passed for a meal.

    NPR: New Orleans: A Tale Of 2 Cities Since Katrina

  • The faeries vanished before his eye could even register them, but the cheese stayed behind, stacked in sandwiches on the dresser and the windowsill, wedged in the light fixtures and stuck to the bulletin board with pins, piled in the sink and scattered on the floor.

    NEWYORKER: A Tiny Feast

  • The 32 RGB LEDs scattered about the rim and the 33rd punctuating the top of the device put on quite a handy little light show when your tunes start dropping beats, or get a bit more mellow when the tracks get a little more chill.

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