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« on: June 20, 2013, 08:33:21 AM »

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/science/jan-june13/cicadas_06-19.html
Scientists Brood Over 17-Year Return of Cicada Mania
June 19, 2013

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JEFFREY BROWN: And next: one of nature's fascinating and deafening spectacles.

Quiet, leafy neighborhoods suddenly sound more like airports and look like scenes from a bad horror movie.

NewsHour science correspondent Miles O'Brien tells the tale.

MILES O'BRIEN: These boys likely do not know it, but they are playing with some bugs that are older than they are. The periodical cicada invasion will stop soon enough, but the once-every-17th-summer event is impossible to ignore.

TATIANA LOWE, Dealing With Cicadas: This is like a bit much. It's like every day you hear this racket, and then at night, it gets quiet, and then in the morning, you see all the dead ones everywhere. It's pretty gross.

MILES O'BRIEN: Of course, beauty is in the compound eyes of the beholder. And like them or not, with the emergence of one of the big East Coast broods, the cicadas are ready for their close-ups.
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