Peak season for fireflies, the meaning of the word ‘slash’ and architecture made of paper tubes

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Fireflies in a forest. Photo: Spencer Black/ Fireflies streak through a forest. Photo: Spencer Black/

By Olivia Cucinotta

Below, a look at some members of the TED community with news to share this week:

Sara Lewis confirms to a local paper that there are in fact more fireflies this summer, and that we are in midst of peak firefly season. Hurry—it ends mid-August! (Watch Sara’s TED Talk, “The loves and lies of fireflies.”)

Language historian Anne Curzan speaks out on the spelling out of “slash” as a word instead of using “/” to denote dual concepts. She notes that word is evolving to have a definition of its own—an unusual distinction for something that started as punctuation. (Watch Anne’s talk, “What makes a word ‘real?’”)

Architect Shigeru Ban gets featured in The New Yorkerthis week for his low-cost, environmentally friendly buildings made out of paper tubing. (Watch Shigeru’s talk, “Emergency shelters made…

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Pesticide DDT Linked To Slow Metabolism, Obesity And Diabetes

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A new study shows show that developmental exposure to pesticide DDT increases the risk of females later developing metabolic syndrome.

Exposure of pregnant mice to the pesticide DDT is linked to an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and related conditions in female offspring…
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Jamapa Black Beans With Antihypertensive And Antioxidant Activity

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Researchers find that black beans can remove heavy metals from the body in addition to a beneficial effect as antihypertensive and antioxidant.

Beans are one of the most important crops for the Mexican population due to its nutritional qualities. In fact, the country is one of the top 10…
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Sphinx Moths – aka – Hummingbird Moth In My Garden (Really Bad News)

Town & Country Gardening

It’s mid-summer, if your tomato vines haven’t been attached by hornworns so far this summer consider your self lucky. Be on the lookout, it is time for them to arrive in your garden.
If it matters to you there are really two different hornworms commonly called tomato hornworm. The most common is really the Tobacco hornworm larva and is generally green with seven diagonal white lines on it’s sides with a curved red tipped horn. True Tomato hornworms have eight V-shaped marks on each side and their horn is straighter and blue to black in color. Hornworms are the larvae of hawk or sphinx moths, also known as hummingbird moths. Tobacco hornworm are generelly the most commonly seen of the two, but both can be found and may even be present on the same plant.

Tomato / Tobacco hornworms are the largest caterpillars found in most gardens and can…

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Eating Disorders And Depression In Athletes: Does One Lead To The Other?

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Sport is a proven contributor to high self-esteem, confidence, positive outlook and good health. It would be reasonable to assume then that athletes have higher than average protection from depression and dysfunctional eating?

On the contrary, athletes are considered three times more likely to…
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