Learn how fireflies synchronize

North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park is home to rare fireflies that can synchronize their flashing light patterns. Six flashes at a time, at first independently, then in unison, make up an elaborate mating dance that can only be seen for two weeks each year

SciTech Now Episode 318

In this episode of SciTech Now, a pacifier that delivers medicine; meet Sharon Abreu, creator of the Climate Monologues; estimating the likelihood of an earthquake; and learn how fireflies synchronize their flashing light patterns.

How to talk to fireflies

There are approximately two thousand known species of fireflies in each species flashes its own unique code. Interactive designer and nature enthusiast Joey Stein worked with evolutionary biologists to develop the Firefly communicator. He joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss his new product.

SciTech Now Episode 310

In this episode of SciTech Now, scientists are discovering ways to use 3D printed tissue in organ transplants; Joey Stein has invented a device to communicate with fireflies; Professor of Philosophy Shannon Vallor discusses the ethical issues behind driverless cars; and how officials, scientists, and politicians are working together to fight the Zika virus in […]

Fireflies and Emily Driscoll

We get a sneak peak of “Brilliant Darkness: Hotaru in the Night” highlighting the importance of fireflies in nature. We then sit down with filmmaker Emily Driscoll to discuss the movie and her experience filming fireflies around the world.