Spring is here again, and as we’ve said several times before, that means it’s cherry blossom viewing time in Japan. Cherry blossoms everywhere. Cherry blossom McFlurries, cherry blossom burgers, ice cream, you name it. There have been some decidedly crazy things in the past in Japan this year alone, and we’ve covered most of them. But now this one might take the cake: Cherry blossom cotton candy pizza.Yes, you read that right. Take a breath and read it again: Cherry blossom cotton candy pizza. Cotton candy is great, cherry blossoms are beautiful, and everyone loves pizza. That’s probably why Schmatz Beer Dining, a small chain of pubs in Tokyo, took those three things and combined them.The pubs already serve cotton candy pizza, and it’s pretty popular. It’s normally a thin crust, three-cheese pizza with honey ginger that you drizzle over the cotton candy. The cherry blossom version has bits of cherry blossom in the cotton candy as well as cherry blossom floating in the honey ginger sauce as well. It’s a lot to take in, and it’s literally a mess of candy floss on top of a cheese pizza. Yup.If you look at the picture, the logistics of eating said pizza doesn’t add up. Do you cut it and cut the cotton candy with each slice? Do you pull it off the top of the pizza and pile it on each slice? I’m just not sure how you go about it.The pizza is only available for a limited time. It made its debut on March 27, but it will only be available through April 2. You’ll want to high-tail it to the pub if you’re in the Tokyo area and try out this weird-looking (probably tasty) concoction. Or if you got the right recipe you could probably make your own. I wouldn’t try it, but hey. You could do it.
Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Stay on target Mosquitoes might be able to eavesdrop on your conversations: Binghamton University and Cornell University researchers have discovered that Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes’ antennae can detect noises at least 10 meters away.The study, which was published in Current Biology on Feb. 7, demonstrated that mosquitoes, which were previously believed to have limited hearing capabilities, can actually hear sounds from greater distances, said a Binghamton University press release. With the study, scientists can better understand how mosquitoes use their senses to detect food sources and potential mates.Professors from both universities collaborated to test out mosquitoes’ elevated hearing abilities. Laura Harrington and Ron Hoy from Cornell University studied how mosquito hearing impacted mating behavior, and Hoy tapped post-doc Gil Menda to record mosquito antenna nerve activity when stimulated by noises. The team found out that the mosquitoes’ nerves were sensitive to far away sounds.Following this step, Hoy and Menda partnered with Binghamton University professor Ron Miles to place the mosquitoes in his lab, which is built to absorb sound without background noise or sound reflections. In this quiet anechoic chamber, the team tested mosquitoes’ responses to different noises, including the sounds of female mosquitoes flying for male mosquitoes. Interestingly enough, the male mosquitoes only responded to the sounds of females and took off flying when they heard these sounds.The experimental setup for testing mosquitoes’ hearing capabilities. (Photo Credit: The Long and Short of Hearing in the Mosquito ‘Aedes aegypti’/Current Biology)“We were able to observe the behavior of male mosquitoes to recorded sounds of either male or female mosquitoes,” Miles said in the press release. “We were also able to measure the neural response of their antennae and found they can hear sounds from surprisingly far away in the same frequencies that are important for human speech.”The study did not focus on if mosquitoes’ hearing capabilities could help them find human hosts, but it did unveil interesting insights on how noise is important for these insects’ mating activities.More on Geek.com:Parasitic Worm Bacteria Is Stronger Than DEET Mosquito Repellent Scientists Use ‘Half A Mosquito-Worth’ of DNA to Produce Whole GenomeHere’s How Bees Stay Cool on a Hot Summer Day