Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

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More on Glowing Stones


Book of Mormon studies, radioluminescent lights, brother of Jared, aerogel


In July 1992 INSIGHTS reported the development of radioluminescent lights that resemble the shining stones used by the Jaredites (Ether 2:19-3:6; 6:2-3, 10). Made of a highly porous silica matrix called aerogel, these modern lights-whose life expectancy is 20 years-employ tritium gas to produce beta radiation that causes a phosphor such as zinc sulfide to glow.