This time lapse of fireflies is art in motion

If you've been stressing out or if you're getting swamped at work or if you're feeling a little overwhelmed, here's how you fix it: by watching this lovely time lapse of fireflies by Vincent Brady. Just put it on full screen, zone out and watch fireflies (or lightning bugs if that's what you call them) paint the world… » 3/26/14 10:20pm 3/26/14 10:20pm

These glowing sea sapphire animals are like the fireflies of the ocean

Beautiful. You see them glow blue one second and then they turn invisible the next. You're never sure if these Sapphirina copepods are real until you see them light up like a stunning firefly but for the ocean. And then they disappear just quick enough to make you question what you just saw. » 2/27/14 10:15pm 2/27/14 10:15pm

This Light Is Powered By Fireflies And Doesn't Need Electricity to Glow

Can you imagine light that can glow without using electricity? That's what these researchers from Syracuse University are trying to create and they're using the bioluminescence of a firefly to make it happen. It means that perhaps sometime in the future, these firefly lights could replace LEDs and not need any power. » 6/15/12 5:40pm 6/15/12 5:40pm

What a Wonderful Sea of Fireflies

A couple of summers ago I came to a country house after dinner. It was a beautiful warm night and all the lights were off. We saw a weird glow behind the trees, from the distance. We knew there was an endless prairie. » 1/04/12 2:00pm 1/04/12 2:00pm

Photographing Fireflies Is Hard.

For this week's Shooting Challenge, I asked you to photograph fireflies. But, in what I suspect was an issue with regional differences and a generally difficult challenge, we only received five submissions! All the same, our winner is suburban-surreal. » 8/02/11 5:00pm 8/02/11 5:00pm

Shooting Challenge: Fireflies

What kid didn't capture fireflies in a jar, hopelessly attempting to keep them alive by tossing in a few torn blades of grass? For this week's Shooting Challenge, you'll capture fireflies again, but this time, on camera. » 7/27/11 3:30pm 7/27/11 3:30pm

Watch Bill Gates' Energy Crisis TED Talk Online

At this year's TED conference, Bill Gates discussed the importance of eliminating CO2 emissions, bringing out a jar of fireflies as an example of a living "energy miracle." Now you can watch Gates' entire talk—bugs and all—online. [TED] » 2/18/10 5:04pm 2/18/10 5:04pm

Autonomous DIY Fireflies Make Order From Blinking Chaos

Start a swarm of these DIY Firefly » 8/13/08 4:40pm 8/13/08 4:40pm LEDs a-blinking, and they'll create a random pattern and blink an angry red. But after a few minutes, thanks to some clever microcontroller code and a light sensor, they'll soon all be blinking in sync with a nice, calming blue color. It's a neat bit of DIY electronics that's elegant…

John Flear Fireflies Wall Art

Throw that lava lamp right out the window and stick this hi-tech piece of art on your wall. Fireflies, the brainchild of John Flear, uses a number of LEDs to simulate digital fireflies. The LEDs seem to flutter about, almost as if in Disney movie. What motivates the fireflies to move around is temperature: the LED… » 7/02/06 4:40pm 7/02/06 4:40pm