Aired: March 2, 2013

2013: The Year of the Stink Bug?


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USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Laboratory / Animals Photos / CC BY

2013 is predicted to be a record year in terms of stink bug population in the U.S. Entomologist Ames Herbert (Virginia Tech) is looking at ways to control this voracious insect, which has caused millions of dollars in crop damage. Also featured: Want to rid your backyard of mosquitoes? Justin Anderson (Radford University) conducted an experiment to see if coffee would do just that. And: In 1816, volcanic eruptions caused unusually low temperatures around the world. That same year—known as “the Year Without a Summer”—Mary Shelley wrote the classic scary novel Frankenstein after being forced indoors during a vacation because of the weather. Callan Bentley (Northern Virginia Community College) discusses the effects geological events have had on human culture.




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