By Solpugid Productions and the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M
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Welcome to Bug Bytes, a bimonthly podcast from Texas A&M University’s Department of Entomology in collaboration with Solpugid Productions. This podcast series takes you on a global expedition to discover what insects, spiders and other similar animals know that we don’t!
||Eat It – The Argument for Entomophagy||Entomophagy is a growing trend here in the U.S. but let’s face it – for the majority, the “ick” factor prevails. In this episode of Bug Bytes, we take a bite out of the main reason people aren’t cool with bugs as food a||5/13/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Queen of the Sun||In our kickoff for Season 3, we interview the director and producer of the new film Queen of the Sun, an artistic and uplifting look at the honeybee crisis known as CCD. It’s not too heavy on the science, and explores organic and “bi||4/20/2011||Free||View In iTunes|
||Holiday Lights - Insect Style||This episode of Bug Bytes will get you into the holiday spirit – with click beetles! Find out about insect bioluminescence and the click beetle’s unusual decorating habits. View Transcript Images: Iridescent t||12/10/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Ode to the Microscope||The microscope is an essential tool and scientists are pretty devoted to them. Learn a bit about the history of the scope and why looking through the lens can be an eye-opening experience. View Transcript Photos and Cool Links||11/19/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Toil and Trouble||Look out, Harry Potter - this Halloween edition of Bug Bytes is all tricks, no treats! See how cultures around the world have used insects for centuries in magic and divination. Links Information about the Black Witch Moth http://www.te||10/22/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||iTouch, uTouch||iPhones, iPods, Blackberry Touch. Multi-touch interface is everywhere, and people are loving it. But bugs did it first! Bug Bytes explores the insect origins of this technology and provides a special gift for our listeners. Check out the insect a||10/7/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Mascots with Sting||Are you ready for some football?? The Bug Bytes team looks at what it takes to make a great mascot, and why yellow jackets are the most popular insect mascot. Hut! Photos: http://insects.tamu.edu/extension/youth/bug/bug151.ht||9/16/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Hold The Lettuce||Human obesity rates are soaring here in America. We take a very Bug Bytes look at how scientists are solving the problem, using insects! You’ll be surprised how insect regulate their body size and fitness. Do 10 jumping jacks and listen t||8/30/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Scrub a Dub Bug||Think bugs are dirty, gross and downright nasty? Think again. Insects are master bathers. This episode of Bug Bytes takes a look at some insects that puts human hygiene to shame! Alex Wild’s Blog Pictures and Vide||8/11/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chill Out||As summer boils we turn to the engineers of the insect world for a little inspiration on how to keep cool. World renowned architect Mick Pearce joins us from Zimbabwe to talk about the Eastgate Center’s unique connection to termite||7/26/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Filthy Rich||Recycling isn’t just for glass and plastics. In the underground recycling world, the popularity of composting is steadily on the rise. With the help of Matt Slaughter, Director of the Soil Foodweb Lab in Oregon, we’ve taken a look at what||7/8/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Gaga For Bugs||To kick off Season 2 of Bug Bytes, we’re exploring performance art in the insect world and we pose an insect challenge to one of the hottest pop artists today, Lady Gaga. Photos: http://www.mnh.si.edu/highlight/cicadas/pa||6/15/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Buzz Off!||Summer is right around the corner, and with the season comes mosquitoes. This podcast is dedicated to giving you the low-down on some of the most popular insect repellents, both chemical and natural, to keep you healthy and itch-free this season||4/15/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Reach Out||In this podcast we tackle scientific outreach and why it’s important and necessary to make science accessible to everyone. We’ll also highlight 3 Texas A&M Entomology students who have made outreach a big part of their wo||4/1/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Luke, I am your Larvae…||Ever wonder where Hollywood gets some of its creatures for science fiction? Or if any of it could be true? This podcast explores some of the science behind the fiction, and why bugs are such popular scapegoats as the bad guys. Photos: http||3/16/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||International Year of Biodiversity||2010 is the United Nation’s International Year of Biodiversity! And we’ve dedicated a podcast to learning more about the issue. We take an “insect’s eye view” and explore what biodiversity loss||3/4/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Locomotion||Think insects have nothing to do with medicine? Think again. Scientists are using some of the most unlikely bugs to do great things in human medicine. Here we explore an insect we love to hate and how it can help the science of prostethic limbs||2/18/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||On The Fringe||You think you know what moths do at night, but there are some that operate outside the norm. And don’t even get us started on caterpillars. We’re looking at counter culture and strange societies in the insect world on this episode of Bug Byt||2/4/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bugging Bees||In this episode of Bug Bytes, we explore new technologies for tracking insects as they are on the move. In South America, orchid bees are wearing radio backpacks, Bees are some of the most important organisms on the planet, and scientists have devised an||1/13/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Break A Leg||Parasitoid wasps are usually considered beneficial insects because they attack common pests. But according to research by the Scottish Crop Research Institute, there’s one species that may be causing more harm than good. When a good guy goe||1/7/2010||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sticky Stuff||Bug Bytes explores the competitive world of spider silk research. Cutting edge research is dissected and we breakdown some silk basics. From metal enhanced silk to some startling work with goats, you’ll quickly get caught in the web.||12/31/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Insect’s Christmas||For our first podcast, and just in time for the holidays, we explore the insect stop motion animation work of Ladislaw Starevitch, a Russian insect enthusiast. He created The Insect’s Christmas, a lovely short film that’s perfect for the se||12/17/2009||Free||View In iTunes|
Great Podcast Series!!!
This podcast goes beyond the normal "bugs are useful" and talks about topics that are relevant and often fun. The producers have done a great job balancing attitude with science. Can't wait to hear more!!!
The Next Generation in Insect Education
Bug Bytes exemplifies the astounding potential of multimedia education; the producers deliver both interesting and humorous material in a structured fashion, conducive to learning for all ages. I look forward to more podcasts in the future!
Loving Bug Bytes! The producers' approach presents the material in a way that is engaging and entertaining to the audience, while still achieving the goal of furthering the knowledge base of all listeners. These podcasts are an amazing example of what can be done in the world of education using modern technology in a productive fashion. It is very exciting to see this style of education on such a level of access as can be found through iTunes. Can not wait to hear more from the Bug Bytes crew in the future - keep up the good work!