Talking to Fireflies

NYT science writer Joanna Klein road-tests the Firefly Communicator (developed by Joey Stein): a hand-held device with an LED light. Armed with the Communicator and some firefly knowledge, she explains how it’s easy to interact with the creatures—yet tricky at the same time, since different species and genders have different patterns of communication. Apparently, “The key to speaking firefly… is to find out the right time interval” as they differ between males and females.