Insects and People: News Roundup (Feb. 6th)

A few news stories about insects from the past week.

More entomophagy: Eating insectsyou do it anyway

There are stories about people eating insects on an almost daily basis. In this one from the BBC, a chef argues that, since you eat insects unknowingly anyway, why not eat them purposefully?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/0/21260185

Exploiting insect guts for use in the biofuel sector

Scientists have been looking for enzymes to effectively break down lignin in biofuel facilities in the guts of insects. It turns out the microbes in the guts of grasshoppers may be potential candidates for future use in this manner.

http://www.scidev.net/en/climate-change-and-energy/biofuels/news/insects-gut-microbes-hint-at-biofuel-breakthrough-.html

Insects as pets

In a post about singing insects, I talked about how people in China keep crickets and katydids as pets. USA today published an article recently about people in the US keeping insects as pets. Ill admit that I did have hissing cockroaches for a time when I was in high school. But I am glad to see that others in this country do this as well!

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/02/05/pets-bugs-roaches/1893707/

CSI insects: Museums highlight using insects to fight crime

Forensic entomology is a branch of science that uses insects to indicate things about crimessuch as how long a body has been dead, or if a corpse may have been moved. A few museums have exhibits about this branch of scienceI wish I were in the area of one, Id definitely check it out.

London: http://azdailysun.com/lifestyles/columnists/london-zoo-crime-fighting-insects/article_6acd52df-8148-52ec-b80d-91a1e41e98a9.html

Las Vegas: http://downtown.8newsnow.com/photo-gallery/crime/147055-using-insects-solve-crimes

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