The Cicadas Are Coming! The Cicadas Are Coming!

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The Cicadas Are Coming! The Cicadas Are Coming!
WNYC, one of New York City’s flagship public radio stations, is inviting families, students, classes, and nature lovers to join its massive citizen science project, Cicada Tracker. For between $8 and $80 and a couple hours of time, citizen scientists create their own soil-temperature sensor, send their data to WNYC, and have it mapped online.

Cicadas are big, red-eyed, harmless insects that burrow underground and stay put for 17 years. (Yes, 17 years.) When millions emerge from their underground burrow, the buzzing "cicada-pocalypse" signals springtime on the East Coast. Photograph by Brad Taylor
Cicadas are big, red-eyed, harmless insects that burrow underground and stay put for 17 years. (Yes, 17 years.) When millions emerge from their underground burrow, the buzzing “cicada-pocalypse” signals springtime on the East Coast.
Photograph by Brad Taylor

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