Band members must continually move to avoid being eaten by similarly deprived conspecifics
. If you're a swarming Mormon cricket (Anabrus simplex)
, marching is the only way to avoid being eaten by the individual who is just behind you. Tips to deter your cannibal buddies from turning you into dinner
: 1) Move 2) Move!!! 3) Keep your body axis parallel to the flow 4) Beware of females (shorter version
). Cannibalistic interactions during swarming behaviour have also been observed in desert locusts (Schistocerca gregaria)
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"Did you put any thought into this?
" - Using their bare hands, two guys carefully move a swarming colony of placid honey bees. [more inside]
That time has come again, the magical time of the century when the, somewhat creepy
, bugs we know as the cicada
appear. [more inside]
Watch a swarm of flying robotic drones construct a tiny building.
In the future, construction workers will be a buzzing, mildly disturbing haze of mechanical diligence.
Some guys in a Minneapolis basement, 1984.
Rehearsing "When Doves Cry", "Irresistible Bitch", "Erotic City".... [more inside]
In the last two weeks,
[NYT] more than 100 mostly tiny earthquakes a day, on average, have rattled a remote area of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, putting scientists who monitor the park’s strange and volatile geology on alert. The quake zone, about 10 miles northwest of the Old Faithful geyser, has shown little indication of building toward a larger event, like a volcanic eruption of the type that last ravaged the Yellowstone region
tens of thousands of years ago. Don't rest too easily, though: new studies of the plumbing that feeds the Yellowstone supervolcano
shows the plume and the magma chamber under the volcano are larger than first thought and contradicts claims that only shallow hot rock exists. For more info, check out this exhaustive site
that tracks Yellowstone tectonic activity and details a possible supervolcano event. [previously
Parts of Sweden are overrun by caterpillars.
Interesting photos of a caterpillar swarm, with pictures of trees, buildings and bicycles completely cocooned-over with visually stunning (if icky) results. Swarms aren't that unusual, but the term is more habitually used with flying insects like bees
. Soon enough humans might be joining in the fun too, albeit via surrogates
Swarm shows you what websites people are visiting, right now.
Although they appear to be migrating servers at the moment. And, in order for it to work as thought out, you do have to share some amount of your browsing activity
Iraq - All oil, no gas.
A consortium of 34 Turkish companies have joined together to stop all exports of petrol / refined oil products to Iraq, because Iraq's government owes them over $1 billion that they have so far been unable to pay. Iraq's largest refinery was forced to shut down in December
, after its truck drivers walked off the job due to insurgent threats
. They reopened ten days later
, only to shut down again
after an insurgent swarm attack
killed and wounded more drivers. The refinery has once more ceased activity, as their reserves of refined fuel are full and there is no way to get them to their customers. Iraq's diesel-driven power plants are undersupplied too, leading to worsening outages