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Why are fireflies disappearing?

Do you have a summer memory about fireflies? I have many, having grown up next to a wetland. I knew it was finally summer when I would be outside playing after dinner and those little flying lights appeared. I imagined…

Everything we thought we knew about dark energy might be wrong

Dark energy is a theoretical form of energy that physicists use to explain how our universe appears to be expanding at an accelerated rate. It’s a hypothesis that has gone from seeming like a suspicious physics “cheat,” to now becoming…

This bat-friendly town turned the night red

A sustainable neighborhood in the Dutch town of Nieuwkoop is leaving on the welcome light for bats. And if all goes well, they’ll never even notice it. The groundbreaking initiative, a culmination of more than five years of research on…

How the moon messes with your sleep

As a kid, I loved the skylight in my room for one huge, glowing reason: I could lie on the edge of my bed and fall asleep in the moonlight, all cozy in my PJs. I felt like the luckiest…

2 dead stars are locked in a timeless embrace

These stars have only ever known each other. When they first formed millions of years ago, they were a pair. They went through awkward adolescence together, their bodies turning orange and ballooning outward as red giants. And together, they burned…

Dark side of the universe could be way more complicated than the light side

In “Star Wars” lore, there is a constant struggle between the dark side and the light side of the Force. Fans debate endlessly between which side is stronger. While such debates might seem futile, given that they pertain to a…

Smart Solar Street Lights Spread With IoT Adoption

The role of the once lonely street light has been heavily rewritten so that it now serves as a major information gateway, runs on solar power, and is sensing and reporting far more than you might imagine. Indeed, the global market for the smart street light is projected at $18 billion per year by 2024. While that number may sound hard to believe, the next time you drive under a carport or walk across an intersection, just look up