Radar return

A couple years ago, the United States congress funded a major upgrade of the nation’s weather radar systems. These new systems are able to recognize smaller objects and they can actually tell their shapes– differentiating between water droplets and flying debris can tell if a tornado is on the ground, for example.

One cool result of these radar upgrades is that every summer, the new systems catch something like this cloud seen on the border of Texas and Oklahoma. If you were in this area when this radar shot was taken…it wouldn’t have been raining.

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The milkweed borer beetle is a pretty interesting insect. Both its genus and species name - Tetraopes tetrophthalmus - are Latin derivatives meaning “4 eyes.” The reason for this becomes apparent when you take a closer look at its head. The base of the antennae actually bisect each eye, giving them a total of 4. As the common name suggests, live on milkweeds.
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Japanese artist Yoneji Inamura has created two stunning sculptures using preserved insects. In 1970 he made a samurai doll of Nitta Yoshisada using 5,000 insects, including Japanese rhinoceros beetles and jewel beetles. The project took ten months to complete and was displayed in Inamura’s home last May for Children’s Day.

Inamura was criticized for sacrificing to many insects to create his samurai. He responded by using 20,000 insects to create statue of Senju Kannon, also known as Thousand-Armed Kannon, the Buddhist deity of mercy. After completing this second piece Inamura held a memoria for all of the insects who lost their lives for his artwork. The Senju Kannon statue is now on display at Inamura’s local town hall in Gunma Prefecture, central Japan.

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