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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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ScienceShot: Stinkbug Phone Lines
15 November 2010 4:14 pm
Stinkbugs have green communication all figured out. Clicking out loud attracts predators, and clicking sounds made behind vegetation don't travel far because plants dampen high frequencies. So the 2-centimeter-long insects use plant stalks as personal phone lines. According to research that will be presented on 18 November at the Pan-American/Iberian Meeting on Acoustics in Cancun, Mexico, stinkbugs transmit sound by vibrating their abdomens at frequencies near 100Hz. The plant stalks where stinkbugs hide carry these frequencies efficiently, transmitting the buzzes up to several meters. Stinkbugs of different species vibrate in different patterns, so potential mates or rivals can find them. That is, assuming they want to take the call.
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