Lighting up the world of fireflies: Sara Lewis at TED2014

Originally posted on TED Blog:

Sara Lewis. Photo: James Duncan Davidson Sara Lewis. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Sara Lewis has managed to put herself in the center of a world of wonder by becoming a world expert on fireflies. Her obsession began in grad school, sitting in a backyard in North Carolina and watching the sparks light up around her. She wondered, “How do these creatures make light? Are they talking to each other? What happens when light goes out?” As a professor at Tufts University, Lewis has been lucky enough to answer some of those questions.

Part of the beauty of fireflies, aside from the patterns of light itself, is that they “so beautifully illuminate the creative improvisation of evolution.” They have been shaped by both natural selection and sexual selection.

Lewis and other scientists have made many new discoveries about these odd glowing creatures in last 20 years. A few remarkable facts about them:

  • Fireflies are beetles.
  • There are…

View original 409 more words

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Portfolio Purchase Center

Welcome to the Portfolio Purchase Center!

Gringa of the Barrio

A Sassy Barrio Gringa Telling It Like It Is

A Dateless Diary

Everything and Nothing


You can hang on a little longer

Winning JAH

Music for awareness


Trends Discovered :))


The greatest site in all the land!

Zuloc - Proximity based Professional Networking app

Discover.Build and Grow your Professional Network

Jasmine Saein Park

The (Arbitrary) # Project: Interviews, Literature Reviews, and Thoughts

StartUp InfoPAD

... tools, trends & think-pieces for intra- and entrepreneurs.

Successful Social Media

Helping small business have a larger social media presence

Francisco Cardoso


Laura Mitchell Consulting

Growth Hacking and Marketing Strategist. Digital Health Expert


Daniel H. Kim's Blog

Raw Streets

by MaxGor


keep going


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,900 other followers

%d bloggers like this: