Big Picture Science – The X-Flies

by Gary Niederhoff on December 31, 2018

Big Picture Science – The X-Flies

Insect populations are declining. But before you say “good riddance,” consider that insects are the cornerstone of many ecosystems. They are dinner for numerous animal species and are essential pollinators. Mammals are loved, but they are not indispensable. Insects are.

Meanwhile, marvel at the extraordinary capabilities of some insects. The zany aerial maneuvers of the fly are studied by pilots. And, contrary to the bad press, cockroaches are very clean creatures. Also, take a listen as we host some Madagascar hissing cockroaches in our studio (yes, they audibly hiss).

Plus, how insects first evolved … and the challenges in controlling lethal ones. Are genetically-engineering mosquitoes the best way to combat malaria?

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Lauren Esposito / Cockroaches!
Part 2: Erica McAlister / Flies’ Lives
Part 3: Jessica Ware / Insect Die-Off
Part 4: Anthony James / Mosquito Modification

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