News tagged with fireflies

Hubble traps galactic fireflies

(Phys.org)—Luminous galaxies glow like fireflies on a dark night in this image snapped by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The upper central galaxy in this image is a gigantic elliptical galaxy designated ...

Nov 18, 2012 5 / 5 (6) 7 | with audio podcast

Why fireflies blink in synch

For decades, scientists and the public alike have wondered why some fireflies exhibit synchronous flashing, in which large groups produce rhythmic, repeated flashes in unison – sometimes lighting up a ...

Jul 11, 2011 5 / 5 (3) 1 | with audio podcast

Synchronized swimming of algae

Using high-speed cinematography, scientists at Cambridge University have discovered that individual algal cells can regulate the beating of their flagella in and out of synchrony in a manner that controls their swimming trajectories. ...

Jul 23, 2009 5 / 5 (2) 0