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2014-06-01 02:30:15

Cell Press For most of us, crickets are probably most recognizable by the distinctive chirping sounds males make with their wings to lure females. But some crickets living on the islands of Hawaii have effectively lost their instruments and don't make their music anymore. Now researchers report in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on May 29 that crickets living on different islands quieted their wings in different ways at almost the same time. "There is more than one way to silence...

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2009-07-28 16:05:00

Armored crickets have a strange yet remarkable way of defending themselves from being attacked, squirting out toxic blood from tiny gaps in their body and then throwing up to make themselves unpalatable to predators.While a few other insect species, such as beetles and katydids, actively bleed when attacked, the benefits of such extreme measures were not clear. New research shows the strategy does indeed work in deterring predators such as lizards.  Armored ground crickets (Acanthoplus...

2009-01-30 07:03:00

'Buddy will never be forgotten. His music lives on every day.' -Maria Elena Holly SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- February 3rd marks the 50th anniversary of "The Day The Music Died," when a plane crash took the lives of three, now legendary rock 'n' rollers -- Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper. In spite of Holly's brief yet astonishing professional career, he changed the sound of music. The result was some of the most innovative and influential rock 'n' roll...

2008-10-29 06:00:20

By Peter Cooper NASHVILLE -- Keith Richards held court backstage Tuesday night at the Musicians Hall of Fame induction ceremony, guffawing with old friends who first were heroes. He'd flown in to pay tribute to The Crickets, the group that began as Buddy Holly's backing band and wound up an enduring force in pop and rock. "See, what you cats in America don't realize is that this is the first global, international rock band of all time," Richards said. "It so impressed us in England....

2008-08-22 18:00:30

By Christopher Blank Old-school rocker Buddy Holly was the subject of one of the first highly successful jukebox musicals, back in 1989. Perhaps surprisingly, it debuted on London's West End, where it played for years , went on tour, and was even revived last year. "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" didn't fare so well when it transferred to Broadway. But then, many popular British musicals don't quite translate into American culture, despite being about American culture. "Jerry Springer:...

2008-07-04 09:00:28

By Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn -- Booker T. and the MGs, the Memphis Horns and the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section will become the newest members of the Musicians Hall of Fame. Musician and producer Al Kooper, producer Billy Sherrill and Buddy Holly's band the Crickets also will be inducted this year. Rock guitarist Peter Frampton and country music great George Jones named the selections Tuesday. Booker T. and the MGs helped create the famed Memphis sound in the '60s, playing on...

2008-07-02 18:00:20

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Booker T. and the MGs, the Memphis Horns and the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section will become the newest members of the Musicians Hall of Fame. Musician and producer Al Kooper, producer Billy Sherrill and Buddy Holly's band the Crickets also will be inducted this year. Rock guitarist Peter Frampton and country music great George Jones announced the selections Tuesday. Booker T. and the MGs helped create the famed Memphis sound in the '60s,...

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2007-07-27 13:05:00

AUSTIN -- They congregate on patios, slip into stairwells and, if they're crunched under foot, oh do they stink. Crickets are here in force, annoying Texans earlier than usual - thanks to the year's wet weather in much of the state. The problem is so bad at the University of Texas at Austin that school officials are taking the unusual step of darkening the 307-foot-tall bell tower for three nights the next two weekends in hopes of keeping the insects away. The bugs are attracted to lights....

2006-04-24 19:08:36

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The threat of being eaten could drive the march of Mormon crickets as they munch their way across millions of acres in the arid West, new research suggests. An international group of researchers has been studying the crickets that have invaded much of Nevada, Utah and Idaho in recent years. They found that the insects that move in large bands survive on salt and protein found in seeds, flowers, dead animals and feces. But when those food sources are absent, the bugs turn to...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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