Archive for June, 2013



Think About It Thursday: How does the eel GLOW?

Deep beneath the ocean’s surface, many different types of marine life exhibit a beautiful display of glowing lights! Organisms living in the deep, dark layers of the ocean have specific florescent proteins. This natural light is called bioluminescence. “Bio” means “life” and “lumin” means, “light.” Bioluminescence is caused by a chemical reaction inside an organism’s [...]

STEM Spotlight: Entomology!

An entomologist is a scientist who studies insects. Entomologists have many important jobs, such as the study of the classification, life cycle, distribution, physiology, behavior, ecology and population dynamics of insects. Entomologists also study urban pests, forest pests, agricultural pests and medical and veterinary pests and their control. These scientists may work with beneficial insects [...]

July E-News: Buzz-ing Science: Rise of the Brood II Cicadas

If it hasn’t happened yet, it could occur any day now. The first signs are little holes in the ground in yards, orchards, and fields. Then, one warm evening, big, red-eyed bugs start to crawl out of the holes. The next morning, thousands upon thousands of these black, winged insects, known as cicadas, cover sidewalks, mailboxes, [...]

July E-News: Discoveries that Have the Cicadas Buzzing

After 17 years underground, billions of cicadas are ready to emerge and see sunlight for the first time. They will blanket the East Coast until around mid-June, buzzing like jackhammers in harmony as they search for a mate. Since 1996, the periodical insects, which belong to a group called Brood II, have lived as nymphs two feet deep [...]

ScienceMadeFun: Word of the Week

Apiology – the scientific study of honeybees Apiology is a branch of entomology, the science of insects. Honeybees are extremely important for agriculture. In fact, 1/3 of all crops grown in the United States require pollinators, such as honeybees. Honeybees are attracted to flowers’ sweet nectar (juice). The insects move from plant to plant carrying [...]

Think About It Thursday: Are those slugs PINK?!

Yes! In fact, this slug is fluorescent pink! Scientists recently discovered a new species of slug living at the top of Mount Kaputar in New South Wales, Australia. Locals of this area have documented sightings of this remarkable species over the years; however, this is first confirmation. Called Triboniophorus aff. graeffei, this slug is very [...]