Synchronizing Fireflies Visualizer

Written by / Original link on Apr. 3, 2021


If you watch Fireflies closely, some species will sync up their flashing to eventually blink as a group. Pretty mesmerizing stuff. But how to they do it?

So, how do thousands of fireflies pick a leader to follow, a maestro to keep their flashing in time? The answer, the scientists found, is simple: They don’t.

Nicky Case created a tool which explains and visualizes how it works. By default they all blink individually, but once you hit the “Nudge thy neighbour” option on, you’ll see them sync up.

Fireflies →

Via Kottke — Be sure to watch the video if you want to know more about spontaneous synchronization

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