Can a Swarm of Locusts Really Block Out the Sun?

eclipse and locust

We know the moon can do it, but what about a swarm of locusts? On Monday, August 21, 2017, denizens of North America will look skyward to witness a solar eclipse—the first in which the path of totality will cross the contiguous United States since 1979. Those who have witnessed a full solar eclipse say […]

Manipulating Genetics to Control Destructive Locusts

All locusts are grasshoppers, but not all grasshoppers are locusts. Locusts are a special type of grasshopper capable of altering their shape, color and behavior in response to a change in density, an ability known as locust phase polyphenism. In the lab, Dr. Hojun Song has created two density scenarios–high and low–for several species of […]