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Aryabhata writes "According to scientists, climate change and human activity have allowed bark beetle populations to soar. They decided to fight the beetles by using the 'nastiest, most offensive sounds' that they could think of. These sounds included recordings of Guns & Roses, Queen, Rush Limbaugh and manipulated versions of the insects' own sounds. The research project titled 'Beetle Mania' has concluded that acoustic stress can disrupt their feeding and even cause the beetles to kill each other."

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Bark Beetles Hate Rush Limbaugh and Heavy Metal

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  • Pitiful. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) on Thursday February 11, 2010 @01:26PM (#31102188) Journal
    They wanted "the nastiest and most offensive" and they picked Guns & Roses and Queen?"

    Clearly they fail at knowing anything about actual metal.
  • by Orga (1720130) on Thursday February 11, 2010 @01:28PM (#31102216)
    So by feeding insects our media we have made them more human (killing themselves etc.)... good find!
  • Not much else to say, really.

  • o/~ Here we are! Born to be kings, we're the princes of the uuuuuuniverse o/~

  • +5 Flamebait (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 11, 2010 @01:30PM (#31102258)

    I wonder if this article would have made it to the front page of ./ if it hadn't provided an opportunity for certain folks to get a political jab in again at the "evil republicans".

    • Re:+5 Flamebait (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 11, 2010 @01:55PM (#31102790)

      I wonder if this article would have made it to the front page of ./ if it hadn't provided an opportunity for certain folks to get a political jab in again at the "evil republicans".

      Ah, yes. Republicans. Nature's eternal victims.

      • Re:+5 Flamebait (Score:5, Insightful)

        by Rei (128717) on Thursday February 11, 2010 @03:13PM (#31104106) Homepage

        Well, look at all of the powerful people conspiring to take away the rights of Republicans:

          * Illegal immigrants
          * Gays
          * The poor
          * African-Americans
          * Environmentalists
          * College professors
          * Peaceniks
          * Atheists
          * Potheads

        How do you stand up against such massive, organized forces when all you have on your side is caucasians, the wealthy, and evangelicals? It's no surprise that Republicans are so oppressed.

        • It's no surprise that Republicans are so oppressed.

          The republicans aren't oppressed, they are just disliked because they are hypocritical dickheads. They are about the most pampered pack of 'victims' I have ever seen.

          I con only imagine how they would whine and carry on if they actually were oppressed...
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by jollyreaper (513215)

      I wonder if this article would have made it to the front page of ./ if it hadn't provided an opportunity for certain folks to get a political jab in again at the "evil republicans".

      Oh, it would have been posted for the Beetle Mania pun. The bit with Limbaugh was just icing on the cake.

  • by Locke2005 (849178) on Thursday February 11, 2010 @01:31PM (#31102264)
    Yoko Ono.
  • Front page news? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Shotgun (30919) on Thursday February 11, 2010 @01:32PM (#31102292)

    It is some front page news that some people dislike Rush Limbaugh and some old music?

    How about this? I kill the black mold in my shower by showing it pictures of Rachel Maddow.

    This isn't news for nerds. This is stupid.

  • by CrimsonAvenger (580665) on Thursday February 11, 2010 @01:32PM (#31102298)

    Limbaugh may be obnoxious and rude, but I can't think of anything particularly offensive about his voice that I don't hear pretty much every day walking down the street.

    Likewise, Guns & Roses and Queen aren't especially anything other than loud - nothing especially offensive about the sounds of either.

    Did they consider trying a really offensive noise? Like a jet engine spinning up? Or a Shuttle taking off? Or a machinegun firing?

    Or even Ozzy doing whatever he was doing when he thought he was singing?

    • by Bemopolis (698691) on Thursday February 11, 2010 @01:51PM (#31102720)

      Limbaugh may be obnoxious and rude, but I can't think of anything particularly offensive about his voice that I don't hear pretty much every day walking down the street.

      Dude, his voice is so annoying his own ears couldn't take it anymore and shut down.

      I'm kidding, of course. His hearing loss was actually the result of him being an unapologetic oxycontin addict.

      • Why should he be apologetic? He became addicted to oxycontin as a result of taking it to relieve the severe pain from his back surgery. Jeez man, revel in others' pain, much?

        • I think you'll find most drug addicts will say the same thing, whether it be a physical or mental pain and yet I think you'll find that fat bitch supported Nancy Reagan's "Just say no to drugs" campaign along with every other Republican initiative to rid the US of drugs.

          I certainly don't revel in most people's pain but I love it when some fat rich ignorant twat who thinks he's allowed to do something the common man can't do. He's a damn hypocrite and I can't wait to see him suffer a slow death.
        • by jbezorg (1263978)

          So you're saying he should not regret breaking the law? Even after he breaks the plea-bargain he made with the prosecutor? Instead we should be understanding of a drug smuggler's plight and be lenient?

          Tell me, what political party is he a pundit for and what is their stance on the actions you propose? I can tell you what Rush Limbaugh suggested.

          "Too many whites are getting away with drug use...Too many whites are getting away with drug sales...The answer is to go out and find the ones who are getting away with it, convict them, and send them up the river, too." -- Rush Limbaugh 1995

        • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

          by wickerprints (1094741)

          Why should he be apologetic? Because most people who are prescribed Oxycontin do use it as directed, and don't become addicted to it. And if you do develop an addiction, you wouldn't be so colossally stupid as to try to hide it and refuse treatment to wean you off it. Otherwise you run the risk of...wait for it...other medical problems. Get it now? Oh, poor Rushie, he's in so much pain. Too bad it's because he's too fucking fat, rich, and self-entitled. He stepped into his own shit and he has nobody

        • Why should he be apologetic? He became addicted to oxycontin as a result of taking it to relieve the severe pain from his back surgery. Jeez man, revel in others' pain, much?

          It's not revelling in his pain. It's the fact that he is a hypocritical jerkwad. He has referred to so many other people who take drugs as "human filth" (and that's when he's feeling charitable), but when he is addicted to drugs and illegally obtains them, we're all supposed to "pray for Rush" as he goes into rehab.

          So, for most human

      • by jbezorg (1263978)

        I'm kidding, of course. His hearing loss was actually the result of him being an unapologetic oxycontin addict.

        Can you imagine what his show will be like in 20 years?

        The Impressive Pundit: Mawage. Mawage is wot bwings us togeder tooday. Mawage, that bwessed awangment, the libwals wish to distwoy...

    • I think it's the way it was reported....what they really seemed to be trying to do was find out the effect of playing aggressive beetle noises to the beetles and seeing what happened (apparently beetles make noises). I'm guessing they tried some of the other noises as a kind of control, and found that the beetles ignored the other noises after a while, as opposed to the beetle noises which made them angrier and angrier (assuming beetles can get angry) and they started killing each other.

      However, in report
    • by adonoman (624929)

      Or even Ozzy doing whatever he was doing when he thought he was singing?

      I'd much prefer to hear him sing than talk.

  • by phantomfive (622387) on Thursday February 11, 2010 @01:33PM (#31102306) Journal
    The summary makes it sound like the beetles were killing each other to get rid of Rush Limbaugh. Here is a more accurate quote from the article:

    He and his colleagues found that while Limbaugh and the heavy metal initially bothered the beetles, the insects mostly ignored the sounds after a while.

    The researchers next decided to record and manipulate the beetle-produced sounds. They focused on an aggression call produced by males of the "tree killer" Dendroctonus species.

    By making this call longer and louder than usual, they altered the beetles' behavior.

    Apparently if you want to alter beetle behavior, using sounds that beetles understand is more effective. Just like Rush Limbaugh is more effective at making human subjects froth at the mouth.

    • by NekSnappa (803141)
      It's not so much that I "understand" Limbaugh.
      It's that his talking is longer and louder that makes me froth at the mouth. At least it would if I listened to him.
  • Right up there with Lady Gaga's perspectives on Quantum Mechanics or Keith Olberman's taste in pop music.

    Thanks, I'll pass.

  • by vvaduva (859950) on Thursday February 11, 2010 @01:34PM (#31102326)

    This means that Obama's speeches would really encourage pests to grow and have healthy development?

  • Hmm (Score:5, Insightful)

    by zippthorne (748122) on Thursday February 11, 2010 @01:35PM (#31102366) Journal

    Seems like they only tried "rush," "heavy metal," and manipulated beatle noises, and rush and heavy metal came out *below* beatle noises.

    They did not try white noise, other radio commentators (Al Franken, perhaps), other genres of music, or even other animals. Also unmentioned is whether they tried silence.

    I think a more appropriate title would be "Biologists manage to get paid for amazingly inadequate experiment, while making jabs at completely unrelated fields they really don't know much about."

    • by HiThere (15173)

      On the one hand, you're right, their jab at Limbaugh was unfair. But it got them headlines. And it could also have been spun to be pro-Limbaugh.

      On the other hand, I see no reason to presume that their opinions on either music or politics are in any way less knowledgeable than yours. They may not agree with you, but that doesn't mean that they don't have reasons as valid as yours.

      E.g., to you it may be important to distinguish between Guns & Roses and Heavy Metal, but to someone primarily interested i

  • When I had to get family of raccoons out of my attic I played Brujeria [wikipedia.org], Melt Banana [wikipedia.org] and John Zorn's Naked City [wikipedia.org] for an entire night. That did the trick.

  • that scientists have no clue about music. Although, if they had used real metal, half the beetles would probably have moshed the other half to death. Which would probably have supported their conclusions. Although, it would be interesting to see what music like Megadeth, Slayer, Killswitch Engage, or the like would do to insects. Maybe contrast it to something like Tool? Now, that's an experiment I wouldn't mind doing.
    • by Khyber (864651)

      You apparently have no clue about music as well. And I speak as a guitarist. In the 70's, Queen was Metal. In fact, it was known as Melodic Metal.

      Doesn't change the fact that 'metal' is a fusion of classical and blues styles and is thus considered 'Fusion' by all academic means.

      That's right - the term "metal" has been around since the late 60's. Ted Nugent was considered 'metal' when he finally released "Cat Scratch Fever" and of course Pantera redoing the song in pretty much the EXACT SAME FASHION showed t

      • by Nidi62 (1525137)

        Born in the 90's, were you?

        As a matter of fact, no, I wasnt. And it does not matter what they were classified as when they came out. No one now using the common usage for "metal" would ever classify Queen as metal. Now, you say Queen, people think classic rock. You say metal, people think of things like Slipknot, Slayer, etc. Terms change, try to keep up.

        • by Khyber (864651)

          Terms change - academia still says you're wrong, and they're the ones that pretty much make the terms.

          All in all - METAL DOESN'T EXIST. It's called 'Fusion'

  • Does this mean that bark beetles are Democrats?

    • by jgtg32a (1173373)

      Well they are both pests and eat the Tree of Liberty.
      So yes Bark Beetles are Democrats

  • by G-Man (79561) on Thursday February 11, 2010 @01:46PM (#31102610)

    ...but the scientists obviously hate Rush Limbaugh. They could have picked anyone's voice - not a polarizing political figure. How about Gilbert Gottfried? How about low male voices like James Earl Jones versus high pitched female voices?

    How do you, Mr. 'Scientist', expect me to take your research seriously when you demonstrate that you are irrational and let your politics color your work?

    • by hyades1 (1149581)

      I guess the notion that this demonstrates pretty clearly the scientists have a sense of humour zinged over your head like a fast-flying, um, what's the word...beetle.

      • zinged over your head like a fast-flying, um, what's the word...beetle.

        If that's your idea of a funny quip then you are forgiven for thinking these scientists have a sense of humor.

  • by inthealpine (1337881) on Thursday February 11, 2010 @01:49PM (#31102666)
    The 'most annoying sound' was a biased opinion of one scientists: ""the most annoying sound" his colleague, Reagan McGuire, "could think of was Rush Limbaugh or rock music.""(from TFA) In fact the assumption of it 'working' is wrong because: "[Richard Hofstetter] and his colleagues found that while Limbaugh and the heavy metal initially bothered the beetles, the insects mostly ignored the sounds after a while."(from TFA) So what did we learn? 1. Beetles don't like loud 'stuff', but after a while they get used to it. 2. Global warming scientists don't like Rush Limbaugh 3. Science is a lost discipline, replaced by partisan political calculation. 4. Tax payers yet again fund clown-pseudo-science.
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      The 'most annoying sound' was a biased opinion of one scientists: ""the most annoying sound" his colleague, Reagan McGuire, "could think of was Rush Limbaugh or rock music.""(from TFA)

      Yep, one scientist (truck-driver-turned-research assistant, specifically) thought that certain human based sounds he found offensive might offend the beetles.

      In fact the assumption of it 'working' is wrong because: "[Richard Hofstetter] and his colleagues found that while Limbaugh and the heavy metal initially bothered the bee

  • by Moheeheeko (1682914) on Thursday February 11, 2010 @01:49PM (#31102672)
    ...go play them some ICP, that stuff makes me want to kill MYSELF.
    • by IMightB (533307)

      This. I met Crazy J or whatever at a promo for a local Radio Station back in the 90's when I was in college. What a egotistical, misogynistic, Grade A, A-hole.

  • Those poor little creatures will blow their brains out when confronted with half the music produced in the 90's.
  • The study authors compared the response of insect pests to playing Rush Limbaugh to their response to playing nothing at them. Readers are going to concluded from this that insect pests are, like liberals, aggravated by conservative speech. Yet it's a bogus conclusion on the basis of that evidence. The correct experiment to perform to divine the political feelings of insect pests would be one which measured the differential response of insects to Rush Limbaugh and Al Franken.

    But seriously. If you wante

  • Queen and Guns&Roses are considered heavy metal now? And this is "science" is it?

    that "the most annoying sound" his colleague, Reagan McGuire, "could think of was Rush Limbaugh or rock music."

    Pfft. Clearly an Abba fan. Or he sits around with his nose in the air as he listens to his collection of "thinking man's music" on reel to reel tape or his $2500 oil balanced, laser tracked turntable.

    The Hercules beetle video *was* cool, though.

  • See, in many places where there is a bark beetle problem, the population is pretty conservative so listening to Rush is a pleasure; win-win.

  • Bark Beetles don't like Rush Libaugh but Dung Beetles eat the stuff up.

  • That was his plan all along.

  • They are Scared and jealous of the manliness.
  • kills Ringo. More news at 11.

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