The Math Behind Cicadas' Bizarre 17-Year Life Cycle

It makes sense that an animal might hid away in the ground while it's maturing, but 17 years is a long, seemingly random amount of time. But it's not like cicadas picked a number out of a hat and were stuck with it. There's a something specific about that number, and numberphile is sussing it out. » 6/22/13 9:07am 6/22/13 9:07am

Fight the East Coast Cicada Onslaught With Chianti and Fava Beans

The Eastern seaboard is under siege by a billion-bug swarm of cicadas—an entomological Red Dawn. This aggression will not stand! But why simply goosh them underfoot when you can make these insectoid invaders into a meal? » 5/06/13 3:54pm 5/06/13 3:54pm

Cicada Nation: All About Those Noisy Little Bastard Bugs

After a rather lazy 17 years spent relaxing underground, billions of incredibly noisy insects are about to burst out of the earth, noisily swarming over the East Coast and wreaking havoc along the way. This is The Great Cicada Invasion of 2013—but what the hell is a cicadia, anyway, and why have they been hiding for… » 4/12/13 10:00am 4/12/13 10:00am