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What makes a firefly glow

The firefly is probably the Earth's most famous bioluminescent species, with over 2,000 individual species. Here's how they make their light.
What makes a firefly glow
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What’s inside a blobfish, the ‘world’s ugliest animal’

The blobfish was crowned the world’s ugliest animal in 2013 – a title it still defends today. But drop this fellow 9,200 feet below sea level, and the water holds up all that flab like a push-up bra, making the fish a little more handsome. Between the skin and the […]
What’s inside a blobfish, the ‘world’s ugliest animal’
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What’s inside a firefly

There are over 2,000 individual firefly species, all within the taxonomic family of Lampyridae. But the answer to the lightning bug’s light all happens in the same organ in its abdomen: the lantern. These light cells are encased in a translucent exoskeleton, and hold two key components to bioluminescence: luciferin […]
What’s inside a firefly
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What if you never went outside again

Staying home forever might sound like a dream come true for introverts, but it can have serious consequences. The longer you’re inside, the more it can affect your physical and mental health. Not being exposed to sunlight can bring down your mood and, eventually, even soften your bones, among other […]
What if you never went outside again