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In Virginia, Cicadas Make Noise And Damage Trees

This year's noisy crop of cicadas is now busy laying eggs, and that's causing widespread damage to trees in Virginia.

Virginia forestry officials say the damage is the result of cicada females laying eggs in the thin-barked outer branches of trees and shrubs. The females slice into the branch, then deposit up to 80 eggs.

Forest health specialist Chris Asaro says a single female can create about 30 nests, laying as many as 600 eggs. The nesting can cause structural damage known as "flagging," which is visible across much of the state's Piedmont and coastal plain.

The department says the good news is that most medium to large trees won't suffer any serious long-term damage. And better yet, the next cicada outbreak won't occur for 17 years.


New York's Museum Of Modern Art Acquires Original Emoji

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Paola Antonelli, senior curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, about the museum's recent acquisition of the original emoji for its permanent collection.

Technology May Rescue Male Baby Chicks From The Grinder

The egg industry may soon eliminate a wasteful — and to some, horrifying — practice: slaughtering male chicks. New technology can identify male embryos in eggs before they enter incubation chambers.

What Trump And Clinton Have To Say About Education

The candidates aren't talking much about education, but the next president faces big challenges: reducing achievement gaps, implementing the new education law, and expanding access and opportunity.

A Moment Of Silence For The Black And Brown Talent That Grew On Vine

We'll miss Vine, but not just for its goofy, raw, six-second looped videos. We'll miss the platform for its ability to incubate young black talent.

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