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7.5 million wasps under one roof ? [Video]

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Wasp (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Can you imagine what it would be to see seven and half million wasps under one roof? Don't worry they are not alive and are well segregated taxonomically. Well, this is what you can expect when you are visiting the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH).

In its recently released episode of Shelf Life, something that we have sharing at Coffee Table Science, since the day it began, the AMNH takes us to its collection of 7.5 million wasps that is still being catalogued, even though it was donated to the museum in the late 1950's. Why, because cataloging takes a lot of time and 7.5 million is a massive number.

Interestingly, the entire collection was donated by Alfred Kinsey's wife, the same Alfred Kinsey who is known for his revelations of human sexuality. If you would like read more about it, here is our post about How Sexology became a Science.

For now, let's get back to the 7.5 million wasps in this Shelf Life Episode.

How sexology became a science!

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SEX, something that consumes everyone's existence at a given point in life. It is the key to our existence, and a means to our survival. Sex is as basic as food and water itself. Its safe to say that we as a species are curious about anything related to sex. But why was sexology such a late bloomer in science. Lets find out.

Have you heard about Vatsyayana? It wont be surprising if you have never heard that name before. So, let me ask you this, have you heard about the Kama Sutra? Yes, very likely you have heard about the book of love making from the exotic land of India. And the man who authored this oldest known manual on sexual practices- well, yes- Vatsyayana.
While we silently thank the Kama Sutra every single time we stumble upon an inevitable bump of lacklustre in our bedrooms, we so often just ignore the great mind that wrote it in the first place. So here is to Vatsyayana, the humble guru, the forgotten sage, who explored the mysterious realms of…