Chicago Tribune, 3/3/95: That's bug TV
Buffalo News, 3/6/95: Entomologist's writings inspire schoolboy crush
Chicago Tribune, 4/17/95: Kills bug dread
St. Louis Post Dispatch, 4/20/95: Professor lets bugs out of closet
Centralia Sentinel, 4/14/95: Professor not bugged by insects
Alton Telegraph, 4/17/95: Entomologist overcomes fear, now bugs public to do the same
DuQuoin Evening Call, 4/15/95: Boy, they bug me...
Chicago Sun Times, 4/15/95: Prof uses knowledge, fun to zap fear of bugs
Rockford Register Star, 04/15/95: Insects don't bug professor anymore
Messenger & Inquirer (Owensboro, KY), 6/28/95: Downed pilot's ant meal doesn't bug the experts
Scientific American, Feb. 95, p. 20: "Nothing personal, you're just not my type"--Most movie aliens cannot reproduce successfully
National Wildlife, Feb./Mar. 95: Revenge of the bugs
The Sciences, Nov./Dec. 94: Metamorphosis: an entomologist who grew up fearing insects has become one of their leading ambassadors
Dallas Morning News, 6/16/93: Study suggests insects caused flowering plants to diversify
Science, 4/11/94: Scientists upset insect orthodoxies
Sunday Journal (Kankakee), 5/20/90: Are plants smarter than people? When it comes to sensible pest control, they just might be
BBC Wildlife, 9/91: Empty-headed evasion
New York Times, 6/22/92: Nibbled plants launch active counterattacks
Nature, 5/16/91: Seeing through the fruits of deception
IEEE Expert, Apr. 95: Climbing the walls
Dave Barry column, 7/9/95: Robot cockroaches--Here's more proof that `mad scientist' is redundant
News Gazette, 4/20/95: Another step in the evolution of the cockroach
Chicago Tribune, 7/3/95
Dallas Times-Herald, 219/87: Superbugs, resistant microbes called threat
Newark Star-Ledger, 2/19/87: Chemical-proof superbugs pose global threat
Houston Post, 2/19/87: Experts say pesticides create monster bugs
Jornal Do Brasil, 2/19/87: Biologo acusa inseticida de criar os`superinsetos'
Miami Herald, front page, 2/19/87: Superbugs may have beaten us at our own game"
USA Today, 2/19/87: `Monster bugs' sneer at eradication efforts
US News & World Report, 3/2/87, Comment in Update: The shortsighted and irresponsible use of pesticides is producing strains of monster bugs
Chicago Tribune, 3/3/87: Farms overdose on chemicals: Scientist
Dallas Times-Herald, 3/29/87: Bugs and pests find ways to route the newest chemicals
Seattle Times & Post-Intelligencer, 5/17/87: Learning to play God in the garden by using the right pesticides
Omaha World-Herald, 10/6/90: Sweet treat tricks insects, decreases chemical use
Mount Vernon Register, 10/6/90: New `squash perfume' lures bugs to fatal food
Discover Magazine, 1/89: A select bunch of bees: the Apian Way
Chicago Tribune, Spring 91
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 3/15/91
New York Times, 5/21/91: In defense of the hive: a soldier squad lurks among the honeybees
Intl. Herald Tribune, Spring 91: Scientists find a military caste among honeybees
Mundo 21, Fall 91
Equinox, Fall 91
Volkskrant, The Netherlands, 6/15/91
Chicago Tribune, Fall 93
New York Times, 7/30/91 (work habits of bees)
Los Angeles Times, 6/24/92 (kin recognition research)
Chicago Tribune, 5/12/93 (parasitic mites on bees)
New York Times, 1/12/93: `Microbes' odd tricks disrupt reproduction in some insect species
The Scientist, 9/18/95: Bioengineered bugs a `brisk trade'
Science, 12/3/93: Debating the use of transgenic predators
BioScience, 9/94: Mariners and malaria
Here's more proof that `mad scientist' is redundant
"Speaking of insects, I have here a column from the spring 1995 issue of American Entomologist magazine, sent in by alert reader Jackie Simons and written by May Berenbaum, who discusses a University of Illinois entomology professor who has--you are not going to believe this, but I'm going to tell you anyway--"pioneered the design and use of artificial limbs for cockroaches."
Naturally I had to call this professor, whose name is Fred Delcomyn. He freely admitted to me that he has, indeed, fitted cockroaches with tiny artificial limbs made from toothpicks. He's trying to figure out exactly how cockroaches move--in stark contrast to us normal, non-scientist, sane people, who would like to figure out exactly how to make cockroaches STOP moving, so we could hit them with hammers.
But here's the truly alarming thing: Delcomyn, as part of his research, wants to BUILD A ROBOT COCKROACH. In fact, he has already built one that's a foot-and-a-half long ("not too big, compared to your Florida roaches," he noted, correctly). But his plan is to build a bigger one, a robot cockroach that will be FOUR FEET LONG.
When will these scientists ever learn? We know what's going to happen! We've seen this movie! Everything will be fine at first, with the robot roach doing exactly what the scientists want it to. But thenone night, after the scientists have left the laboratory, there will be a lightning storm, and extra electricity will flow into the roach, and it will COME TO LIFE ON ITS OWN--FrankenRoach!--and escape and terrorize the community.
Why must scientists continue to mess with the natural order of things? Why do we need to create giant cockroaches? We already have the O.J. Simpson defense team! If you are as concerned about these issues as I am, I urge you to take action TODAY in the form of doubling your medication dosage."
(c)1995 Excerpt reprinted with permission from Dave Barry and The Miami Herald