Pre christmas chorus of cicadas deafening residents in downtown Montreal has gone viral, and a group of scientists wants to be the first to release videos of the birds that helped send them to an unexpected end.
They believe the songbirds‘ call was the key to a breakthrough in the battle against the devastating dengue virus, which has killed an estimated half million people since 2008.
„We thought that they just had a natural call to communicate that the insects were sick to death,“ said biologist Yves Bissonn홀덤ette. „We thought maybe we could communicate it directly to them.“
Bissonnette, who has been studying the birds since 1992, says this is the first time that scientists have seen a fully functional cicada call in their field.
„I was amazed at its ability to communicate, very much like an individual human.“
While dengue has become as big a health threat in Canada as it did in the United States, and is killing an estimated출장만남 15,000 people each year, the research team, including members of the University of Calgary’s Centre for Biogeochemistry, say their discovery could lead to innovative tools to fight the virus.
„It’s amazing to hear a call that can move the entire city around within a heartbeat,“ said Bissonnette. „Not only that, it’s so loud.“
The team says it’s not a new idea to try to learn about the birds‘ vocalization, but the team at the University of Calgary says it would never have imagined a day when they would be playing „cicadas“ to a flock of 200-strong birds that are all singing the same song.
„One day, when we found that these are completely deafening, if they had a sound like a violin playing, that would be a big deal to me, to see them being able to sing the same tune as a flock of the cicadas,“ said Bissonnette.
„It’s probably going to be a surprise to people if they hear it because you hear cicadas and you see these big cicadas, but I guess this바카라 is something that has been sitting in our heads, so I think it’s going to catch fire as a possibility.“
The video of the cicadas singing a song called „Dewey’s Day“ has already reached tens of millions of people on social media.