Yesterday, my father-in-law in Ohio delighted by daughter here in California with a recording from his front porch of the insane din of cicadas. She couldn't believe the volume. Why are they so damn loud? Above, Dr. Samuel Ramsey, "Your Friendly Neighborhood Entomologist," explains why the insects get together in huge gatherings and make so much noise.
A group of scientists did a fascinating experiment: They proved that adding more plants to even tiny, mangy little urban greenspaces can massively boost their biodiversity. In 2016 they honed in on a small, 200-square-meter greenspace in downtown Melbourne — a place that is "adjacent to a major road, surrounded by large buildings, and embedded… READ THE REST
From the Ant Lab, absolutely breathtaking video below of seven moths collected in Cornish, New Hampshire. No moths were injured in the recording of these clips, captured at 6,000 frames per second. In order of appearance: Rosy maple moth – Dryocampa rubicunda; Polyphemus moth – Antheraea polyphemus; Dark marathyssa – Marathyssa inficita; Virginian tiger moth… READ THE REST
With five minutes left in the Olympic women's hockey match between Argentina and Spain, Agrentine TV network TyC cut to a perplexing shot of a different sort of action—a cockroach wandering around the arena. Video below. I hope la cucaracha takes home the gold. READ THE REST
If you want to be a good host during the next get-together at your place, you need enough space to seat all your guests. Sure, a snazzy 10-foot table would do the trick, but that would be downright excessive when guests aren't around. Not to mention, it would take up way too much space. That's… READ THE REST
ether it's with your voice or a silent but effective side-eye, humans are master communicators. And just like English, Spanish, or French, American Sign Language is another one of the many ways we can communicate with both loved ones, complete strangers, and even little kids. Even if you don't know anyone who uses ASL to… READ THE REST
Diving is a sport in and of itself, but what about underwater photography and videography? Aside from taking in the ocean depths and generally just trying to stay alive, you have to maneuver between a plethora of underwater camera equipment, which includes the camera itself, lenses, strobes, and many more. That's hard enough when you're… READ THE REST