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Murder Hornets in the U.S.

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Scientists have discovered two new specimens of the Asian giant hornet (murder hornet) located in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Researchers were hoping the invasive species would not make it through the winter season, however, despite all odds they survived.

They are the world’s largest hornet ever documented. These invasive creatures will rip the heads off of the honeybees they have invaded. Usually, Murder hornets only invade colonies that are dying out or have some sort of infection.

Near the end of fall in 2019, a nest of Murder hornets was discovered on Vancouver Island, Canada. Soon afterward, a nest was located in Washington state. Researchers are working hard at eradicating them from the U.S. They are also working on pinpointing how the Murder hornets managed to travel from Asia to Canada and the U.S.

Currently, there have been no reports recorded of Murder hornets being outside of Washington State. Generally, Murder hornets are not aggressive, they only attack if provoked. Due to their sizes, their stings are extremely painful.

They have large, orange-yellow heads, with long, tear-shaped, and black eyes. Their mandibles are huge, and they have black and orange stripes. If a nest is discovered contact local pest control for removal.

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Triplet Births in U.S.

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In the past two decades, the United States has seen an increase in multiple births. The main factor was the development of fertility drugs. From the years 1980 to 2005, data shows there was an increase in triplet births. They went from 1,337 triplets being born in 1980, to 6,208 in 2005. Due to researchers developing better fertility drugs in the United States, births of triplets or more have dropped.

According to the CDC’s website, the number of triplet births in 2019 was 3,400. That is nearly half of the births in 2005. Researchers are continuing to study new ways to better their fertility processes to further reduce the numbers of multiple births.

If a woman believes she may be pregnant, it is best to see a gynecologist as soon as possible. Especially if they are 30 years of age or older and taking fertility drugs. Both of those factors increase a woman’s chances of having more than one. If there is a history of multiples in the family, this increases the likelihood of having them as well.

Women who are pregnant with multiples have a higher chance of going into labor early. Their babies are usually underweight, due to premature births. They also have a higher risk of having birth defects. A lot of women pregnant with triplets (or multiples of any kind) have to go on to bed rest to delay early labor.

Doctors will generally schedule a c-section for women birthing three or more babies.

By Sheena Robertson

Sources:

MedlinePlus: Twins, Triplets, Multiple Births
Women’s Health: Twins, triplets, and other multiples
CDC: National Center for Health Statistics Multiple Births

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Roses the Flower of Love

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For hundreds of years, people have been giving flowers as symbols of their affections. Red roses have been known as the flower of love. People will give yellow roses as a sign of friendship, and pink represents “thank you.” No matter how you feel, there is a rose to say what is felt.

Receiving a red rose is thought to mean that the person loves you. The various different colors of red symbolize the level of love. Bright red roses are an indication of romance. A burgundy rose means the person has not yet revealed their love. These symbols are recognized basically all around the world.

Not only can roses say what one is feeling they also make a great perfume. Some people will add rose petals to their tea for a wonderfully floral flavor. Roses seem to be the flower people go to when they have something important to say.

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How Earthquakes Are Measured

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There are several ways to measure the magnitude or strength of an earthquake.

The first, and most widely-used method, is the Richter scale. This method was created by Charles F. Richter in 1934. The Richter scale uses a formula that is based on the amplitude of the largest wave recorded on a specific type of seismometer.

Originally, the Richter scale was used to measure earthquakes in California. Other scales based on wave amplitudes and total earthquake duration were designed to be consistent with the Richter scale.

 

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