Science

The thermometer cricket

Tree Cricket

Here is something new, to me at least. The snowy tree cricket’s (a.k.a the thermometer cricket) chirping can be used to tell the temperature. To find the temperature in degrees Fahrenheit, count the number of chirps in 13 seconds and then add 40. By the way, chirping is done be males to attract females.          [NPR]

If you haven’t seen fireflies before (see right) they attract mates by illuminating light. Computer Scientists and Engineers studies fireflies to learn how they synchronize their light emission.

firefly

In Computer Science, time synchronization is a very important research topic since communicating machines need to synchronize their clocks.

Science is really a cool thing.

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