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Do periodical cicadas “know” how to calculate prime numbers? One of the strangest life cycles in all of biology, explained!

Special thanks to Samuel Orr (www.motionkicker.com) for the beautiful cicada footage!

Learn more about magicicadas at http://www.magicicada.org/

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