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Bark Beetles Hate Rush Limbaugh and Heavy Metal

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the tiniest-minds dept.

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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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Pitiful. (5, Insightful)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 4 years ago | (#31102188)

They wanted "the nastiest and most offensive" and they picked Guns & Roses and Queen?"

Clearly they fail at knowing anything about actual metal.

Re:Pitiful. (1)

DrMrLordX (559371) | more than 4 years ago | (#31102274)

I'm surprised they didn't play them recordings of Mark David Chapman [wikipedia.org] .

I'm a BARK BEETLE! (1)

Philip K Dickhead (906971) | more than 4 years ago | (#31102710)

It now explains EVERYTHING!

Including being named Gregor Samsa.

Re:Pitiful. but accurate (4, Informative)

DarthSensate (304443) | more than 4 years ago | (#31102304)

I would think G&R and Queen would be really offensive to anyone who likes metal.

Re:Pitiful. but accurate (1)

AmonTheMetalhead (1277044) | more than 4 years ago | (#31102898)

I'm not offended by G&R or Queen, i actually like both bands, but yea, they're not metal. Not in a long shot.

Re:Pitiful. but accurate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31103966)

That's not really true either...

Re:Pitiful. (1)

bit9 (1702770) | more than 4 years ago | (#31102348)

No kidding. Guns N' Roses and Queen are not even remotely in the "heavy metal" category. Especially Guns N' Roses' later stuff (by which I mean everything after their first album), which devolved more and more into overwrought ballads that didn't even sound like rock, much less heavy metal.

Re:Pitiful. (2, Funny)

BobNET (119675) | more than 4 years ago | (#31103266)

Could've been worse, they could have tried Jethro Tull [wikipedia.org] ...

Re:Pitiful. (1)

fhuglegads (1334505) | more than 4 years ago | (#31103824)

I'm guessing the mod who put flamebait doesn't know JT won a grammy for best Heavy Metal album. :/

Re:Pitiful. (1)

Rockoon (1252108) | more than 4 years ago | (#31104236)

It should be noted that the definition of Heavy Metal has changed over the years. Back in the mid 70's, bands like Zeppelin were considered heavy metal but by the mid-80's bands like Iron Maiden were considered heavy metal. Neither would be considered heavy Metal by the mid 90's and today they are relegated to merely Classic Rock or Hard Rock.

Re:Pitiful. (2, Funny)

Mursk (928595) | more than 4 years ago | (#31104244)

After all, the flute IS a heavy, metal instrument.

Did they ever consider... (1)

Rei (128717) | more than 4 years ago | (#31102206)

Glenn Beck [theonion.com] ?

Re:Did they ever consider... (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#31103012)

The beetles would have attacked the speakers.

Re:Did they ever consider... (1)

robinstar1574 (1472559) | more than 4 years ago | (#31103820)

They would die in the way

So we're more alike then we thought... (5, Funny)

Orga (1720130) | more than 4 years ago | (#31102216)

So by feeding insects our media we have made them more human (killing themselves etc.)... good find!

And they didn't try other politicians? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31102224)

Pretty sure the likes of Pelosi and Boxer would do much better at driving the beetles crazy.

Re:And they didn't try other politicians? (-1, Troll)

spun (1352) | more than 4 years ago | (#31102452)

Pretty sure the likes of Pelosi and Boxer would do much better at driving the beetles crazy.

They tried playing tapes of Pelosi and Boxer, but that just made the beetles have more kids and apply for welfare.

Re:And they didn't try other politicians? (-1, Troll)

gandhi_2 (1108023) | more than 4 years ago | (#31103598)

This is great, a politically trolling article...but if you dare say something about democrats YOU are the troll?

Looks like it's liberal fag mod-point thursday.

Listening to Rush (1, Insightful)

glueball (232492) | more than 4 years ago | (#31102234)

After listening to Rush, the beetles decided to get off the dole of this research project and go out to get their own jobs.

Re:Listening to Rush (0, Troll)

Skuld-Chan (302449) | more than 4 years ago | (#31102800)

If I had to listen to Rush forcibly all day - I'd probably want to off myself - who knows - maybe it works with insects too?

Re:Listening to Rush (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31103130)

What does this tell you about yourself? Or don't you have the higher cognitive abilities to recognize the similarity?

Re:Listening to Rush (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31103212)

Or maybe Limbaugh is really that obnoxious.

What a tragic story (3, Interesting)

copponex (13876) | more than 4 years ago | (#31103122)

Too bad. They all worked really hard in a meat packing plant, but got infections under their fingernails from the poor working conditions. After they couldn't continue working, they were fired and thrown off of the company PPO on a technicality. They went to a hospital for treatment, and walked out a month later with $250,000 in medical bills. This destroyed their credit, so they were unable to get a decent apartment in a safe neighborhood. After struggling for years to get ahead, the beetles wondered... could they have stayed on and helped to try and advance the cause of science?

Or was it better to follow the advice of a narrow-minded, bigoted, meritless, and anti-human demagogue simply because he had a microphone. They realized that he was right all along. Societal progress can only be accomplished by performing some menial task for someone else. Everything else is just a waste of time.

Re:What a tragic story (-1, Troll)

gandhi_2 (1108023) | more than 4 years ago | (#31103756)

Too bad. They all worked really hard in a meat packing plant, but got infections under their fingernails from the poor working conditions. After they couldn't continue working, they were jailed for being anti-social by the factory political minder. They went to a hospital for treatment, and walked out a month later with tuberculosis. This destroyed their ability to work further, so they were unable to get a decent apartment assigned by the local Party housing authority. After struggling for years for the collective, the beetles wondered... if I speak out will I be sent to Siberia or run over by a tank?

Or was it better to follow the advice of a narrow-minded, bigoted, meritless, and anti-human demagogue simply because he was a fellow Socialist? They realized that he was right all along. Societal progress can only be accomplished by performing some menial task for the collective good. Everything else is just a waste of time.

Hey fuckstick! In Capitalism, man exploits man. In Communism, it's the exact opposite. The difference is liberty. And I choose liberty. You want to be taken care of by your benevolent dictator? You and Noam wouldn't be missed.

Re:What a tragic story (0, Troll)

Rei (128717) | more than 4 years ago | (#31103954)

The difference is liberty. And I choose liberty.

Yeah. Last I heard, this is America! If you lived in Communist China, you wouldn't have the freedom to criticize like you're doing now! If it wasn't for our troops fighting for the freedoms you cherish, you'd be speaking German right now!

(Yep -- I can spout vacuous jingoistic aphorisms as well!)

Or was it better to follow the advice of a narrow-minded, bigoted, meritless, and anti-human demagogue simply because he was a fellow Socialist?

Let me guess: he's also not being non-partisan enough. ;)

Re:What a tragic story (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31104198)

Actually it would be Russian, because Russia were beating the shit out of the Germans on the East Front. If just your schools were better then we didn't have to listen to people like Rush.

Re:Listening to Rush (1)

Arancaytar (966377) | more than 4 years ago | (#31103964)

... in broadcasting.

"I can do that better. Except the shouting," our reporter was told by a spokesbeetle.

Queen != Heavy Metal (1)

Janthkin (32289) | more than 4 years ago | (#31102244)

Not much else to say, really.

Re:Queen != Heavy Metal (0, Redundant)

mooingyak (720677) | more than 4 years ago | (#31102494)

Nor for that matter is GNR, though they come closer than Queen does.

Caused the beetles to kill each other (1)

Qzukk (229616) | more than 4 years ago | (#31102246)

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

Re:Caused the beetles to kill each other (1)

AmonTheMetalhead (1277044) | more than 4 years ago | (#31102934)

I love that song!

+5 Flamebait (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#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 (-1, Troll)

spun (1352) | more than 4 years ago | (#31102476)

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".

I wonder if many Republicans feel as butt-hurt and paranoid as you do?

Thanks for clarifying (-1, Troll)

spun (1352) | more than 4 years ago | (#31102964)

I'll take that troll mod as a definitive 'Yes, we're all that paranoid and butt-hurt.'

Re:+5 Flamebait (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 4 years ago | (#31103028)

Hah. You win the award for the indiscriminate offending of people on both sides of the aisle in one slashdot story -- one post modded troll for making fun of Democrats, one post modded troll for making fun of Republicans.

Care to go for the trifecta and offend independents?

Re:+5 Flamebait (0, Troll)

spun (1352) | more than 4 years ago | (#31103096)

Hah. You win the award for the indiscriminate offending of people on both sides of the aisle in one slashdot story -- one post modded troll for making fun of Democrats, one post modded troll for making fun of Republicans.

Care to go for the trifecta and offend independents?

Wat's the point? Independents are too dumb to understand that they are being offended.

Re:+5 Flamebait (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 4 years ago | (#31104254)

Bravo

Re:+5 Flamebait (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#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 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31104044)

It's their punishment for having the audacity to free the slaves.

Re:+5 Flamebait (4, Insightful)

Rei (128717) | more than 4 years ago | (#31104106)

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.

Re:+5 Flamebait (1)

AmonTheMetalhead (1277044) | more than 4 years ago | (#31102952)

I don't see the link with TFS & politics.

Re:+5 Flamebait (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#31103070)

That's redundant.

Zing!

Re:+5 Flamebait (2, Insightful)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 4 years ago | (#31103866)

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.

Re:+5 Flamebait (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31103962)

I hate to tell you this, but Rush Limbaugh isn't a Republican.

Also proven disruptive to Beatles... (5, Funny)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#31102264)

Yoko Ono.

Re:Also proven disruptive to Beatles... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31104036)

Yoko Ono.

I've heard her singing and that has got to be more effective than Guns N Roses. Her voice can strip paint so Bark Beetles shouldn't be much of a challenge.

Masochism (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31102284)

Oh Oh! Torture me! Torture me!
Those beetles have no taste.

Front page news? (2, Insightful)

Shotgun (30919) | more than 4 years ago | (#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.

Re:Front page news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31103056)

If you managed to kill the black mold with pictures of Rachel Maddow, then yes, it would be news, dipshit. Ignore the political part and you'll actually see the news part.

Re:Front page news? (1)

Shotgun (30919) | more than 4 years ago | (#31103220)

The part where loud noises disrupt animals? That's news to you? You should get out of your mom's basement and visit the country a little more often. You strip away the politicization of science, and the article is empty.

Re:Front page news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31103760)

you still haven't gotten the point of the article, yet. It didn't just disrupt the beetles. Certain sounds caused them to attack each other. That's different than a horn disrupting a horse from doing it's horsey things. Maybe it would be the same if the horse bit the nearest things head off at the sound of horn.

So, any loud noise will work? (3, Interesting)

CrimsonAvenger (580665) | more than 4 years ago | (#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?

Re:So, any loud noise will work? (3, Interesting)

Bemopolis (698691) | more than 4 years ago | (#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.

Re:So, any loud noise will work? (1)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 4 years ago | (#31104088)

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?

Re:So, any loud noise will work? (1)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 4 years ago | (#31103224)

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 reporting it to the mainstream press, the Rush Limbaugh thing was more exciting, so they focused on that, even though from a scientific perspective the beetle noises were the main focus.

If you hear a report of an experiment in mainstream media, and it sounds scientifically suspect, 99.9% of the time it is because of the way the media reported it, not because of the work the scientists did; and if you look back at the original report, the work is a lot more sound.

Re:So, any loud noise will work? (1)

adonoman (624929) | more than 4 years ago | (#31103230)

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

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

better representation (4, Informative)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 4 years ago | (#31102306)

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.

Re:better representation (1)

NekSnappa (803141) | more than 4 years ago | (#31103700)

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.

Scientists' Opinions on Music and Politics (1, Informative)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 4 years ago | (#31102308)

Right up there with Lady Gaga's perspectives on Quantum Mechanics or Keith Olberman's taste in pop music.

Thanks, I'll pass.

Re:Scientists' Opinions on Music and Politics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31104206)

Yeah, that never works out. [wikipedia.org]

The opposite must be true (2, Funny)

vvaduva (859950) | more than 4 years ago | (#31102326)

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

Re:The opposite must be true (1, Insightful)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | more than 4 years ago | (#31103310)

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

Well, it's worked that way in the federal government so far.

Re:The opposite must be true (1)

gandhi_2 (1108023) | more than 4 years ago | (#31103786)

oh snap!

Re:The opposite must be true (1)

NotBornYesterday (1093817) | more than 4 years ago | (#31103562)

Only if funded by a massive stimulus.

Re:The opposite must be true (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31103578)

Actually, it just encourages the pests to have false hope that things will actually change in Washington.

Hmm (5, Insightful)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 4 years ago | (#31102366)

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."

G&R? Wimps! (1)

Anita Coney (648748) | more than 4 years ago | (#31102372)

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.

Just shows (1)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 4 years ago | (#31102486)

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.

Does this mean.. (2, Funny)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 4 years ago | (#31102492)

Does this mean that bark beetles are Democrats?

Re:Does this mean.. (2)

jgtg32a (1173373) | more than 4 years ago | (#31103208)

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

Obama wants warrantless wiretapping of cellphones (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31102542)

2 years ago KDawson would've had 4 articles on the front page about this... Now? More AGW-esque science about how they've "proven" that even bugs are irritated by Rush Limbaugh...

And the Obama article? >cricketcricket

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10451518-38.html

AGW (1)

Singularity42 (1658297) | more than 4 years ago | (#31102712)

Before listening to anyone on this, ask if they are creationist. If they are, ignore them.

Re:AGW (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31103422)

Best way to solve the bark beetle problem is to let the natural fires burn the underbrush. Ask the rangers at Tetons what happened in a 1981 wind storm, No trees, bark beetles weakened the trees and poof, over they went.

Oh, Singularity42, what happened before the Big Bang? Who made the rules?

Re:AGW (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 4 years ago | (#31103974)

Before listening to anyone on this, ask if they are creationist. If they are, ignore them.

Because creationists are inherently hostile to the planet and science? Or because they're inherently hostile to other religions such as AGW?
Judeo-Christian creationists believe that humankind has been granted stewardship of Earth, and that it's supposed to be kept in good shape. If they believe that man can alter the environment, they'll be on the AGW side. If they believe that man can't alter the environment, they'll be on the anti-AGW side. Seems like belief in old Earth versus new Earth is irrelevant to belief in AGW.

Re:Obama wants warrantless wiretapping of cellphon (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 4 years ago | (#31104090)

2 years ago KDawson would've had 4 articles on the front page about this... Now? More AGW-esque science about how they've "proven" that even bugs are irritated by Rush Limbaugh...

And the Obama article? >cricketcricket

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10451518-38.html [cnet.com]

Don't worry, Mr. Anonymous, Timothy posted it, and it seems to be getting more traffic.
http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=10/02/11/1822225 [slashdot.org]

Not necessarily the bark beetles... (2, Insightful)

G-Man (79561) | more than 4 years ago | (#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?

Re:Not necessarily the bark beetles... (1)

hyades1 (1149581) | more than 4 years ago | (#31103132)

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.

Re:Not necessarily the bark beetles... (1)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 4 years ago | (#31103236)

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.

Re:Not necessarily the bark beetles... (1)

macintard (1270416) | more than 4 years ago | (#31103142)

Why do the scientists obviously hate Limbaugh? If these beetles were instead attracted by his voice, would you somehow be offended too?

Black metal (1)

WarlockSquire (212901) | more than 4 years ago | (#31102648)

When I want aggressive and loud white noise I turn to:
Emperor, Immortal, Gorgoroth, Dimmu-Borgir etc.

Good for coding when I'm pissed off and in a hurry...
As a bonus, it also keeps people out of my office.

Proof of no scientific method (4, Informative)

inthealpine (1337881) | more than 4 years ago | (#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:Proof of no scientific method (1)

d34dluk3 (1659991) | more than 4 years ago | (#31103822)

"[Richard Hofstetter] and his colleagues.

Please tell me this guy is related to Leonard Hofstadter!

Evidence of lack of your understanding of science. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31104056)

To base a "conclusion" that science is a lost discipline on one study is ridiculous. That said, the experimental design of this is fine. They provided four different treatments to test the effect of "dynamic music" (FTA - and this counts at two treatments), loud conversation, and natural cues the insects would understand. The utilized their educated opinion (based on personal experience) to come up with their hypothesis and to design their test treatments, and had a control that was subjected to no noise. They observed the behavior and came to the conclusion that beetle's response is selective to known cues, as opposed to just noise (which could be new information, or simply add to a body of evidence that already exists - which is a primary mechanism in the scientific method). Next up, they plan on refining their experiment by focusing on ultra-sonic noise as a treatment for infestation as opposed to simply loud noise.

If you're complaining that their hypothesis and treatments had bias, well that's always the case: both of these are based on prior experience and knowledge, which is inherently biased. The method was not biased and proper controls were in-place. I'm sure they could have exposed it to very loud recordings of Keith Olberman to similar effect. Again, slashdotters provide more evidence that they know little of actual scientific method. Go back to your virtually useless sys-admining and keep your nose out of things you don't understand.

if they want to kill beatles with bad music... (3, Insightful)

Moheeheeko (1682914) | more than 4 years ago | (#31102672)

...go play them some ICP, that stuff makes me want to kill MYSELF.

why not just hire limbaugh (0, Troll)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 4 years ago | (#31102684)

to blow his cigar smoke into the beetle's bore holes?

tobacco basically invented nicotine to kill insects, so rush, with his volumes of hot air, seems like a perfect delivery vehicle

as a bonus, we hasten limbaugh's death via lung cancer

Mating (1)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 4 years ago | (#31102714)

"We found we could disrupt mating, tunneling and reproduction," Hofstetter said. "We could even make the beetles turn on each other, which normally they would not do."

I wonder if this works on Democrats as well as it does on bark beetles. Maybe this is the real reason why they hate Rush Limbaugh so much. Keep it up Rush, we may have found a way to handle the population explosion!

Re:Mating (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#31103152)

100 million North Americans would not have any meaningful impact on the population explosion.

What. The. Fuck? (1)

AmonTheMetalhead (1277044) | more than 4 years ago | (#31102838)

"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"

Someone please introduce these guys to crunk for some really shitty noise (i refuse to call it music), hell, let them experience the high quality sounds of this:
The Greatest band in the world, Brokencyde! [youtube.com]

Maybe this works both ways (1)

byrdfl3w (1193387) | more than 4 years ago | (#31102910)

Rush: Ok caller, you're on the air..

Caller: [puts phone next to stereo and blasts rush with "Eleanor Rigby"]

Rush: RAWWRRRRRRGH! [crash][bang][stab]

There was no Metal (1)

cstec (521534) | more than 4 years ago | (#31103014)

None of the bands listed were Heavy Metal. Slayer is Metal. Nothing's more annoying than hearing some clueless civilian call a band like Queen "Metal"?

Oh God (1)

santax (1541065) | more than 4 years ago | (#31103182)

Those poor little creatures will blow their brains out when confronted with half the music produced in the 90's.

Re:Oh God (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31103858)

I didn't know any music was produced since then? Was there (I mean anything good)?

junk science (1)

Jodka (520060) | more than 4 years ago | (#31103274)

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 wanted to study the response of insects to sound then choose sounds for your stimulus set with which vary by known quantities along physical dimensions such as amplitude and frequency. Or use an ecological approach and choose sounds from the insect's natural environment, such as those generated by prey and predators. The choice of stimulus set in the experiment was pretty retarded. Of course it was chosen to be humorous to liberals. Humor in science can be great. But not one-sided political humor which compromises the integrity of the science.

Re:junk science (1)

Loadmaster (720754) | more than 4 years ago | (#31103814)

Um, you not read the whole article? The music and Limbaugh didn't have long term effects; however, when they used angry beetle sounds they could cause the beetles to attack one another. They did exactly what you wanted. The music Limbaugh focus is the story hook to get readers. The science is there.

Attention seeking ho (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 4 years ago | (#31103498)

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.

Well, at least... (1)

robinstar1574 (1472559) | more than 4 years ago | (#31103708)

At least my moms not the only idiot who hates rush limbaugh

That works out quite well (1)

RogueWarrior65 (678876) | more than 4 years ago | (#31103888)

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.

Dung Beetles (1)

Ukab the Great (87152) | more than 4 years ago | (#31103972)

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

Ha ha, nice flamebait... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31104008)

More realistically, it appears that Limbaugh and the heavy metal music didn’t have much of an effect, other than being unusual at first and causing some disturbance until the beetles got used to the noise:

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.

"We found we could disrupt mating, tunneling and reproduction," Hofstetter said. "We could even make the beetles turn on each other, which normally they would not do."

This was particularly graphic when the researchers played the manipulated sounds right as a male and female beetle were about to mate.

Hofstetter said his team would "watch in horror as the male beetle would tear the female apart."

...holy shit, did I just read what I think I just read?

Somebody get 4chan on the line, they’re going to love this...

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