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Bumblebees used to be called humblebees

Bumblebees were referred to as humblebees until the mid-20th century. The title was simply an indication of the sound they made, having nothing to do with their diffidence or social outlook. The individual or group responsible for changing the name remains a mystery. Charles Darwin referenced the little humblebee in…

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Coral reefs sound like frying bacon

Healthy coral reefs sound like Pop Rocks candy or frying bacon. The constant crackling noise is produced by snapping shrimp, which fish and crustaceans use to navigate home. Humans can only hear the popping sounds of coral reefs by using hydrophones (underwater microphones). The oceans are noisy places. They’re not…