Not Safe for Anything: Don't Watch This Cicada Cam

Yick, ack, ugh! It is gross. But it is also impossible to stop watching.
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Oh, god, Science Channel! What are you doing to us?

As if a continental-scale INSECT INVASION was not enough.

As if the fact that the cicada invasion is a "frenzy of sex and death" was not enough.

As if widespread interest in eating these insects was not enough.

Now, the Science Channel has created a livestream of of a terrarium filled with cicadas crawling and sitting and flapping their wings and crawling some more.

Yick, ack, ugh! It is gross. But it is also impossible to stop watching. I warned you.

H/t Mashable

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The New York Observer calls Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science Web site in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press).

Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.

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