Bright Angels

“When I was growing up, / they were lightning bugs.” /

When I was growing up,
they were lightning bugs.
Later I learned they’re
also known as fireflies.
Both appellations sound like
science-fiction illumination.
What do they call themselves
in the signals they send out?

Late each spring to my yard comes this winged migration, localized weather patterns circulating in the night air, the clouds of photons alive, sparks flickering in the dark. These tiny bright angels surely will herald ...

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Issue 50 / June 9, 2016
  1. Editor’s Note

    Issue 50: Lightning bugs, beating hearts, and golden spirals. /

  2. The Most Spectacular Firefly

    We’re drawn to animals that shine their own light. For one, it’s a group effort. /

  3. Mysteries of a Beating Heart

    We don’t really know how a heartbeat sparks to life. /

  4. The Eagle, the Shell, and the Sunflower

    The Golden Spiral appears all over nature. /

  5. Wonder on the Web

    Issue 50: Links to amazing stuff.

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