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Why Cockroaches Make Good Robots

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Scientists have found an unusual partner to potentially help find people caught under rubble or monitor conditions in hard to reach places: The much-maligned cockroach.

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Car Talk

#1423: Dead Bugs and a Burnt T-Bird

Saturday, June 07, 2014

This week on Car Talk, Gary's mother-in-law is blaming him for her car catching fire after he worked on the carburetor. Can Tom and Ray get Gary off the hook, and, more importantly, get his mother-in-law out of his house? Elsewhere, Barry's noticing a plethora of dead bugs on his windshield, and thinks driving faster should reduce the casulaty rate. Also, Denise may have bitten off more than she can chew by giving into her mid-life-crisis impulse buy of a vintage Volvo; Alan is considering a sitz bath to get his truck to start shifting; and Darlene can't decide which bubble-headed friend's advice to follow on filling her gas tank, so she's turning to two more bubble-heads. All this, plus one listener's rebuttal to Melissa Peterson, and lots more, this week on Car Talk.

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Radiolab

Let's Spoon for Forty Years

Sunday, July 21, 2013

You've got them... under your skin... Well, hopefully not. But if you did get infected with blood flukes, would it make you feel better to know they're monogamous creatures, pairing up and sticking together for years, sometimes even decades? Warms the heart.

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Radiolab

I Like Ant Butts And I Cannot Lie

Saturday, July 20, 2013

We pay tribute to the ingenious (and stomach-churning) ways that parasites hook up with hosts in our Parasites episode. Case in point: the parasitic nematode, which turns an ant's rear end into a ripe-looking red morsel that, to a hungry bird, looks like a juicy berry.

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Radiolab

Seeking Cockroaches, Any Age

Friday, July 19, 2013

Are those butterflies in your stomach... or did something else worm its way into your system? In honor of our Parasites episode, we imagine how some of our favorite (most disgustingly fascinating?) parasites might look for love (and a stable host) online. Up first...the Paaarasitic Wasp!

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WNYC News

Cicadas Stirring up on Staten Island

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Cicadas are starting to emerge on Staten Island’s south shore.

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Radiolab

Cicadas, Not Just for the Outdoors

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tempted to collect some cicada specimens this spring? An entomologist at the American Museum of Natural History explains how you can prepare, pin, and display the bugs at home.

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Radiolab

Data from the Dirt

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Data from DIY cicada trackers and soil temperature readings from the U.S. Climate Reference Network are helping us predict this spring's Brood II cicada emergence. Check out the map (which already has some cicada sightings!), and let us know if you're seeing and hearing cicadas near you.

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Soundcheck

Bugs Make 'Ancient, Thrumming, And Rhythmic' Music

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Musician and philosopher David Rothenberg discusses the beauty of insect sounds and shares some recordings of his own compositions — with performers from the insect community — that he made in the field.

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Radiolab

The Dinner Buzz

Thursday, April 18, 2013

If you can't beat 'em... eat 'em? Some tips and recipes for enjoying cicadas during the 17-year Brood II invasion along the East Coast.

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Radiolab

Have You Lived Through a Cicada Emergence?

Friday, April 05, 2013

If you've got cicada war stories, we want to hear 'em! Tell us what it was like, and let us know if you have any words of bug wisdom to share.

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Radiolab

What Is It About Emily?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A channel on YouTube lets you see what goes on deep in the bowels (excuse the expression) of a natural history museum. There are dead things in jars, drawers and basements, but best of all, there's Emily, who hosts the show. She's a volunteer curatorial assistant/storyteller who could make a thumbtack interesting.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Butterflies

Friday, September 07, 2012

Monarch butterflies have started to make their long journey south to Mexico. On this week’s Please Explain, we’ll find out about the many different species of butterflies—from their coloring to their attraction to flowers to their cocoons. We’re joined by Bob Robbins, Curator of Lepidoptera, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, and Dr. Cole Gilbert, Associate Professor of Entomology at Cornell University.

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WNYC News

City on Cusp of Eradicating Asian Longhorned Beetle

Friday, August 03, 2012

August is the month the scourge of New York, the Asian longhorned beetle, emerges from the tree it’s been devouring from the inside out.

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