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

Beached Firefly Squid Light Up the Japanese Coast

The Firefly Squid (Watasenia scintillans) inhabits the Western Pacific and is famously found in Toyama Bay, Japan. The 3-inch long creatures employ bioluminescent glands in each tentacle to attract and hunt prey. Surprisingly, this is the only species of of cephalopod that is suspected of having color vision. [… » 3/30/12 9:00pm 3/30/12 9:00pm

Dealzmodo: $10 FireFly Christmas Ornament

FireFly » 11/26/08 9:50am 11/26/08 9:50am may have gone down in flames, but the Serenity flies on with a little help of string and your Christmas tree. Usually going for upwards of $20—not that we obsessively check prices on all gear—the Serenity ornament is now on sale for a sweet $10. And just in case Joss Whedon stops by as part of some magical…

Serenity Bounces Onto Blu-ray With Actually Awesome Cover and a Ton of…

Give me Malcolm Reynolds over any other bucket-o-bolts captain ever. Joss Whedon is a national treasure and Nathan Fillion is his greatest muse » 11/07/08 5:00pm 11/07/08 5:00pm. Yes, I'm such a fanboy I totally won't mind buying Serenity for the third time, , since it comes packed with a Firefly class ship's worth of new features (like a bonus four…

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…

Brando's Firefly Lamp: For Those Romantic Digital Insect-Light Moments

A non-USB product from Brando, and one that's surprisingly cute? Good grief, I nearly fell off my keyboard. These Firefly jars are solar-powered, charging up during the day and adding a simulated bioluminescent insect-ass glow to wherever you pop them at night. The kitchen worktop, perhaps—perfect for lighting your… » 6/19/08 8:00am 6/19/08 8:00am

Resistance Isn't Futile: Explosive Edible Flour, Cigarette Guns and…

To kick off our CIA gadget series, I'm starting with something from the beginning, well, before the beginning: covert weaponry sent to resistance fighters behind enemy lines during WWII. They thought of all kinds of disruptive technologies, including exploding edible flour, cigarette-shaped single-use guns and other… » 5/21/08 2:20pm 5/21/08 2:20pm