Peak season for fireflies, the meaning of the word ‘slash’ and architecture made of paper tubes

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Fireflies in a forest. Photo: Spencer Black/ Fireflies streak through a forest. Photo: Spencer Black/

By Olivia Cucinotta

Below, a look at some members of the TED community with news to share this week:

Sara Lewis confirms to a local paper that there are in fact more fireflies this summer, and that we are in midst of peak firefly season. Hurry—it ends mid-August! (Watch Sara’s TED Talk, “The loves and lies of fireflies.”)

Language historian Anne Curzan speaks out on the spelling out of “slash” as a word instead of using “/” to denote dual concepts. She notes that word is evolving to have a definition of its own—an unusual distinction for something that started as punctuation. (Watch Anne’s talk, “What makes a word ‘real?’”)

Architect Shigeru Ban gets featured in The New Yorkerthis week for his low-cost, environmentally friendly buildings made out of paper tubing. (Watch Shigeru’s talk, “Emergency shelters made…

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