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Why Do Fireflies Have Blinky Bottoms?

Season 5 Episode 23 | 4m 22s

Nearly all life on Earth is ultimately powered by light. But many creatures have learned how to make their own. This week we investigate the beautiful phenomenon of bioluminescence. From blinking fireflies on summer nights to glowing deep sea monsters, prepare to learn about the chemistry of living light.

Aired: 07/02/17
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