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New Bio-inspired Coating That Increases LED Efficiency By 55 Percent
2013-01-08 13:48:41

Optical Society of America The nighttime twinkling of fireflies has inspired scientists to modify a light-emitting diode (LED) so it is more than one and a half times as efficient as the original. Researchers from Belgium, France, and Canada studied the internal structure of firefly lanterns, the organs on the bioluminescent insects' abdomens that flash to attract mates. The scientists identified an unexpected pattern of jagged scales that enhanced the lanterns' glow, and applied that...

2013-01-04 05:01:57

Firefly Migration, the only provider of a fully automatic migration from Magic/uniPaaS to .NET, has converted the vast underlying code base of VeriFone´s retail management system from Magic Software to C#.NET. Petach Tikva, Israel (PRWEB) January 03, 2013 Firefly Migration, the only provider of a fully automatic migration from Magic/uniPaaS to .NET, has converted the vast underlying code base of VeriFone´s retail management system from Magic Software to C#.NET. The migration has...

2012-09-19 23:01:43

Soulful Canadian tenor and EMI recording artist Mark Masri will perform with national recording acts Lindsey Stirling and Firefly at ANASAZI Foundation´s Scholarship Gala. Mesa, AZ (PRWEB) September 19, 2012 Soulful Canadian tenor and EMI recording artist Mark Masri will perform with national recording acts Lindsey Stirling and Firefly at ANASAZI Foundation´s Scholarship Gala, November 17, at the Legado Hotel in Gilbert, Arizona. The event raises funds for financially challenged...

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2012-07-09 10:05:52

John Neumann for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of biologists from Tufts University in Boston may have answered the question of what attracts fireflies to each other. Dr. Adam South, with supervision from colleague Sara Lewis, who have been studying fireflies for 20 years, used LED lights to mimic the flashes of amorous male fireflies. In the wild, females are very picky about what males they reveal themselves to during this part of the courtship routine. Females will only...

Firefly Romance
2012-06-26 10:13:17

New insights into what goes on when the lights go off The twinkling of fireflies heralds summer romance for these magical insects. While courting on-the-wing, male fireflies attract females' attention with bioluminescent flashes. But new research from biologists at Tufts University's School of Arts and Sciences, published online in Proceedings of the Royal Society - Biological Sciences, reveals that, after the lights go out, female fireflies prefer substance over flash. They seem to...


Latest Firefly Reference Libraries

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2005-09-09 08:49:52

The soldier beetles (Cantharidae) are relatively soft-bodied, straight-sided beetles. They are closely related to the Lampyridae, or firefly family. Some are important predators of aphids during their brief adulthood.

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2005-09-08 12:01:05

Fireflies, also known as lightning bugs, are nocturnal, luminous beetles of the family Lampyridae. These names come from the fact that some species as adults emit flashes of light to attract mates, using special light-emitting organs in the abdomen. The enzyme luciferase acts on luciferin to stimulate light emission. This reaction is of scientific interest, and genes coding for these substances have been spliced into many different organisms. Many species, especially in the genus Photinus,...

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2005-08-25 08:59:58

Photuris is a genus of "fireflies" (actually beetles in the family Lampyridae).

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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'