On the east coast, we’re bracing for the howling emergence of a massive brood of 17-year cicadas in a couple weeks. Here’s a nice piece in the Washington Post about the evolution of this strange life history.
Although that is a very interesting article, it should be noted that the prime number issue is fairly unresolved. While Cox & Carlton argue for a hybridization (or, rather, lack of) answer, Lloyd & Dybas favored a parasitoid viewpoint, while Gould wrote about peroidicity in the cicada’s predators. Later math work (http://aimsciences.org/journals/dcdsB/Volume1-3/Webb.pdf) supports Gould’s claim. Not, of course, that any of these things are mutually exclusive.
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Okay–after some technical difficulties I won’t bore you by recounting, I have an announcement. For the…
Really, it’s not like I’ve discovered a new element or anything. See you tomorrow.
…to spill beans. Any minute now, honest.
…at 5 today. [That’s 5 pm EST–sorry for the confusion.]
[Hint…I’ve turned off the comments till then.]
I’m sure you’d like to pretend that you have nothing in common with a tapeworm.