Usually the Business Day section of the New York Times doesn't have any insect-related topics included - I guess they are finally becoming a little more enlightened?
This article discusses an idea called the "Wasp Hound." Though technically rudimentray, it relies on the very sophisticated ability for wasps to not only detect minute chemical traces, but also signal they detect it through associative learning techniques that they (much like a dog) can be trained to perform!
In this case, these entomologists have trained them to seek out that modern resurgent scourge - bedbugs! (Which this blog has followed with some interest)
And hey, they are looking for investors! A very interesting read - check it out~
A wonderful article in this month's National Geographic called "Gold Dusters" about pollinators, a big topic for us in these weeks. Of course they discuss insects a lot (as the wonderful images by Mark Moffett attests to).
As we talk about insect locomotion, the flea is certainly one to consider closely (as these scientists recently have).
"When fleas jump, it is no ordinary leap. The insects can shoot as high as 38 times their body length, about three inches. And the acceleration is so intense that fleas have to withstand 100 Gs, or 100 times the force of gravity. “You and I pass out if we experience five Gs,” said Malcolm Burrows, an expert on insect jumping at the University of Cambridge."
They article also mentions Robert Hooke's early microscopic observations and illustration of these creatures in his book Micrographia(you can flip through it just as you would the real book at this link!)