Bugs in the News

AUGUST 27, 2007

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Times Square

That’s not a giant, translucent beetle attacking New York’s Times Square in the photo at right. It’s a graphical accompaniment to a study carried out at the Argonne Advanced Photon Source that revealed new information about what factors govern the size of today’s insects vs. those found in prehistoric times (hint: it’s oxygen). For much more information, see the APS research highlight “What Keeps Bugs from Being Bigger?” on this Web site. The image in the photo was projected on the Reuters digital sign in Times Square.   This research has received widespread coverage, including:

National Geographic: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/07/070730-giant-insects.html.

United Press International: http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Science/2007/08/13/xray_images_focus_on_insect_body_size/3102/

Xinhuanet (China): http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2007-08/14/content_6530933.htm

Live Science: http://www.livescience.com/animals/070813_big_bugs.html

Earth Times: http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/93137.html

MSNBC: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20265185/

Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,293511,00.html

Astrobiology Magazine: http://www.astrobio.net/news/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=2431