A Photuris firefly, which was the focus of the research (Photo: Optics Express)
A scanning electron microscope image of the firefly scales (Image: Optics Express)
The gallium nitride LED bulb, with its outer coating modeled after the firefly scales (Photo: Nicolas André)
Fireflies ... they’ve allowed us to image the bloodstream and they’ve inspired the creation of a light that could run on waste. Now, they’ve helped an international team of scientists get over 50 percent more light out of existing LED bulbs. The secret lies in the insects’ scales.
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