This is CICADA. Half science project and half special access program of the highest classification, CICADA represents a new class of “swarm” drones and unmanned capabilities that are unlike anything we’ve seen in war before.
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.
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?
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…
Cicadas like to sing. And when thousands of them gather on a six-story wall, the noise they produce is deafening.