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Capturing a firefly can bring some light fun

Natalia Briceno and Alejandra Blandon look at the fireflies they captured earlier this summer in Glenville.
Natalia Briceno and Alejandra Blandon look at the fireflies they captured earlier this summer in Glenville.
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Read all the stories in the Summer Days series here. In the 2009 film “Avatar,” treetops glowed like jellyfish, and camera shots through the fauna and flora gave the sensation of walking through a galaxy of stars. There’s a scientific term for this organic glow: “bioluminescence.” The science-fiction world of “Avatar,” of course, exaggerated this phenomenon. You can’t find many examples of bioluminescence in the real world aside from deep-sea marine life. But in upstate ...


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