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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Fireflies: how to communicate with them

Carl Zimmer, science writer, and a good one, has recently written a piece as a blog post for Discover magazine.

In his article, Zimmer discusses the flashing of fireflies, reporting on research on the subject -- there is some such research. He even describes how it is possible to use a small light to communicate with fireflies. You can't say much to them that way, except "I'm over here, and I'm the gender and species you are looking for."

Like most scientific research, research in fireflies opens up more questions than it answers, but it's interesting.

Thanks for reading.

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