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New Firefly Species Discovered Delaware
2013-10-11 08:04:20

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Dr. Christopher Heckscher, associate professor of environmental science at Delaware State University (DSU), has become the first at that institution to discovery a new animal species. His discovery, a new firefly species among the Photuris genus , was described in the journal Entomological News. Dr. Heckscher originally discovered the new firefly, named Photuris mysticalampas, in 2004 when he was working as the state zoologist for...

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...


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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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Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.