The tiny brown stink bug has been reported in 33 states so far this year. They get their name due to their smell of decaying garbage when they are squashed–and they lay 30 eggs a year! It seems to be spreading from its usual home along the mid-Atlantic coast to states throughout the US (due to climate change?) While they are not dangerous (just unpleasant), they DO bite, and they like to infest beds and sofas.
In the future, can we get DNA tests as children to find out what types of diets to eat and what kinds of medicine to take? If only it was that easy. A new study suggests that, for most common diseases, genes alone only tell part of the story–and the environment tells the rest of it, because it interacts with DNA in ways that are difficult to predict. Geneticist Barak Cohen says, "Having a particular genetic variant may not have much of an effect but combined with a person’s environment, it may have a huge effect."
This isn’t a video effect and the blinking lights are not in any way an FAA-approved strobe, nor would lanterns blink. Balloons equipped with flashing lights might, though, so that’s always a possibility. The head of the Baby James Foundation said they they were Chinese Lanterns released by the foundation as a publicity stunt, but did not explain how it was that the candles were able to blink on and off.