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FIGURE 1. Fireflies, fireflies burning bright.

From the following article:

Nanotechnology: Nano-oscillators get it together

Pritiraj Mohanty

Nature 437, 325-326 (15 September 2005)

doi:10.1038/437325a

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In the forests of the night, certain species of firefly flash in perfect synchrony — here Pteroptyx malaccae in a mangrove apple tree in Malaysia. Kaka et al.2 and Mancoff et al.3 show that the same principle can be applied to oscillators at the nanoscale.

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