News tagged with fireflies

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 whole forest at ...

dateJul 11, 2011 in Plants & Animals
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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. ...

dateJul 23, 2009 in Cell & Microbiology
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Video: How do fireflies glow?

Warm summer nights wouldn't be complete without the beautiful glow of fireflies. But until recently, we didn't really understand how fireflies produced their glow. Now Bruce Branchini, Ph.D., from Connecticut College and ...

dateJul 21, 2015 in Plants & Animals
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What makes fireflies glow?

As fireflies are delighting children across the country with their nighttime displays, scientists are closing in on a better understanding of how the insects produce their enchanting glow. They report in the Journal of the ...

dateJul 01, 2015 in Biochemistry
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Undergraduate discovers new firefly species

The Entomology Research Museum at the University of California, Riverside today announced the discovery of a new species of firefly from Southern California, collected by an undergraduate student as part of his semester's ...

dateJun 25, 2015 in Plants & Animals
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