Latest Firefly Stories

2010-09-21 11:10:00

Satellites are big. They cost a lot of money. At least that's the impression a couple of University of Maryland-College Park students had when they applied for an internship to help construct a satellite instrument with scientists at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. As the pair quickly discovered, nothing could have been farther from the truth. To their astonishment, the satellite that Saman Kholdebarin and Lida Ramsey helped to develop was literally the size of a...

2010-07-09 07:50:00

First experiments suggest that synchronous male flashing is more recognizable to females For decades, scientists have speculated about why some fireflies exhibit synchronous flashing, in which large groups produce rhythmic, repeated flashes in unison "“ sometimes lighting up a whole forest at once. Now, the first experiments on the function of this phenomenon suggest that synchronous flashing preserves female fireflies' recognition of suitable mates. The results are reported in the July...

2010-06-10 08:58:00

NEW YORK, June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Firefly Video(TM), a new online video advertising platform designed to complement traditional television and online pre-roll advertising, today announced the results of a successful campaign it ran to promote the newly redesigned 2011 Hyundai Sonata with advertising agency Initiative. During a two week period in April, Firefly Video drove over 150,000 engagements, or active online views of a Sonata commercial designed to reach a highly-targeted online...

2010-03-17 06:00:00

HOUSTON, March 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ION Geophysical Corporation (NYSE: IO) today announced that its cableless land seismic acquisition system, FireFly(®), will be used by Apache Corporation to acquire data on two separate projects in the Mendoza region of Argentina. Deployment will be covered by the terms of the original launch partnership agreement signed among ION, BP, and Apache. The Apache projects in Mendoza will utilize conventional geophones, marking the...

2009-08-28 13:33:36

Summer Glau has been hired to play a recurring role on Joss Whedon's U.S. science-fiction TV series Dollhouse. Glau previously co-starred in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Whedon's Firefly. TVGuide.com said she will be featured in a few episodes during the second season of Dollhouse. Also to appear on the show are Battlestar Galactica veterans Jamie Bamber and Michael Hogan, and Alexis Denisof, who co-starred in Whedon's popular series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel,...

2009-08-20 12:34:01

U.S. television actress Gina Torres has joined the cast of the teen soap opera Gossip Girl. TVGuide.com said the Firefly and Alias veteran will start playing the recurring character of Gabriela Abrams -- home-schooled Vanessa's warm, opinionated mother -- on the show this fall. Jessica Szohr plays Vanessa. Gossip Girl is set to begin its third season on the CW Sept. 14.

2009-07-21 15:05:00

HOUSTON, July 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ION Geophysical Corporation (NYSE: IO) today announced that its super-major E&P client has sanctioned the next phase of a high channel count, multicomponent (full-wave) seismic acquisition program in northeast Texas. Data acquisition of the first phase began in May 2009 using a 6,100 station (18,300 channel 3C) FireFly((R)) recording system from ION. The E&P company's two primary goals in the initial phase of the program were to...

2009-05-13 12:00:00

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- In a market previously known for illicit encounters and marriage disrupting fiascos, FireFly Group Events provides fun alternatives to traditional bachelor or bachelorette parties.   FireFly Group Events helps brides and grooms create memories, not secrets, with the launch of their new bachelor and bachelorette events website.   From candle making to sword fighting, each bachelor or bachelorette party FireFly facilitates is unique...

2009-05-07 14:55:00

A Malaysian lawmaker warned Thursday that the nation's spectacular firefly population is under threat of destruction within months due to large-scale land clearing. The fireflies are one of Malaysia's leading tourist attractions. "If we do not do anything, the lights will go out for the fireflies by the end of the year," Elizabeth Wong, who oversees tourism and environmental affairs in the Malaysian state of Selangor, told the AFP. Conservation groups had notified Malaysia's government about...

2009-04-16 15:26:00

Cableless, Full-wave Seismic System to be used on East Texas Acquisition Projects HOUSTON, April 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ION Geophysical Corporation (NYSE: IO) today announced that a 6,100 station FireFly(R) system will be utilized by BP America Production Company to undertake two high channel count, multicomponent (full-wave) seismic acquisition programs in northeast Texas. The projects are expected to begin in May 2009 and be completed by the end of the year. Jim Hollis, President...

Latest Firefly Reference Libraries

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.

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,...

2005-08-25 08:59:58

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

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