For Brood II, one of the largest of the 15 colonies of periodical cicadas recognized in the United States, it is about time to emerge and have crazy insect sex over a period of a couple days, before leaving their young to start another 17-year stretch of living underground. but not everyone is excited about 30 billion (possibly more?) inch-long, red-eyed, extremely loud insects emerging from the ground.
(thumbnail image credit from Alex Wild.)
Each year, a satellite organization of the Visual Sciences Society holds a contest for the best visual illusions of the year. Well this year’s finalists have been announced and the 9th annual contest, on May 13, 2013, will showcase and debut each of these 10 new illusions that have been created and studied over the past year or so. Although these latest visual wonders won’t be released by the judges until the winner is announced, we can still experience the winning illusion from each of the last 8 years.
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…but don’t put them in the hot tub. Nudibranchs are marine mollusks that shed their shell early in development. There are over 3,000 species and most of the time, the vivid colors are a warning to predators that the invertebrate is toxic and a poor choice for a meal. Nature does it again.
Sequestration is slated to take effect on Friday, March 1st, unless a compromise is reached. Here’s what you need to know about how it affects science funding.
Scientists study love and emotion to better-understand how our brain works. But despite what the media tells you in annual “Neuroscience of Love” trend stories, we still don’t get it. Happy Valentine’s Day! (thumbnail from Flickr)