Category Archives: flash beetle

The Beauty of Carl Sagan. (Really? Yeah, really!)


I was there.  I walked that campus and slept through my classes and met my wife and pulled all-nighters to cram for my exams . . . while Carl Sagan was somewhere on that campus, thinking mind-expanding thoughts, inspiring a … Continue reading

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25 million organisms just went extinct


ScienceNow writer Helen Fields has reported on new research that uses a different technique to estimate the number of species on Earth. This new methods adjusts our estimate of total, multicellular biodiversity from somewhere around 30 million to maybe something … Continue reading

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Songbirds are faster than we thought!


Cool new research indicates that songbirds can really turn on the afterburners while on migration, and cover much more ground in a night than previously thought. York University’s Bridget Stutchbury and colleagues attached GPS monitoring backpacks to 34 Wood Thrushes … Continue reading

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Fireflies, Lightning Bugs, and FLASH BEETLES


Some folks know them as “fireflies”, others call them “lightning bugs”. Several years ago, I started a one-man crusade to come up with a better common name for these bioluminescent beetles. They are not flies, and they don’t make fire. … Continue reading

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