It’s often said that the only creature to survive a nuclear explosion will be the humble cockroach. Now this hardy insect has inspired the design of a tiny compressible robot, capable of squeezing into tight small spaces—like those created by the rubble following a building or tunnel collapse.
The cockroach is a resilient little beast, and it turns out they also have the proverbial jaws of death. They can bite with a force 50 times stronger than their own body weight, and with five times more force than a human being.
This might look unlike most cockroaches you’ve ever seen—but that’s because it was probably quite a lot more aggressive than any you’ve seen, too. It had to be, because, it likely survived by hunting (admittedly quite small) prey, some 100 million years ago.
Cockroaches have often been selected for remote control cyborg treatment, but they're typically given instructions by electrically stimulating their antennae. This little, critter, though has the electrics on his back hardwired into his nervous system, allowing for human remote control of his motor functions.
Controlling cockroaches with electrical 'backpacks' is one of those science experiments that's simultaneously quite cool and ethically grey. What might make you feel better, though, is the knowledge that those remote-controlled cockroaches may save your life if you ever get trapped inside a burning building.
In the season premiere of Orange Is the New Black, our beaten-down protagonist Piper starts off on a very wrong foot with her new bunkmates in prison—she steps on a cockroach. Not any cockroach, but Yoda, specially trained to smuggle cigarettes between cells. How real is this hypothetical cigarette transportation…
Feisty parrots, alien cockroaches, crazy ants, and cats bearing frankincense and myrrh. It's an all-animal edition of What's Ruining Our Cities!
According to the Agence France-Presse, "at least" one million cockroaches escaped a nursery in Jiangsu, China where they were being farmed for traditional medicine applications like cancer and inflammation treatments. The bugs got away because of an "unknown perpetrator" who tampered with the plastic greenhouse where…
Think twice before stomping the lights out of the next cockroach you come across—you're going to want them to return the favor after the takeover. Thanks to new research on this most vexatious blight of mankind, we can now say more or less definitively that the despised cockroach will, in fact, come to rule us all.…
If the thought of smooshing, crushing, smashing, squishing, or even touching a cockroach grosses you out, a Japanese company called Fumakilla has come up with a better way to dispose of them. Taking inspiration from
Vader's Lando's carbonite chamber, this aerosol can literally freezes them in their tracks.
If you're one of those people who feel as if you're undeserving of love and/or enjoy torturing yourself for fun, here's something new to add to your self-mutilation bag o' tricks: watch a 24/7/365 Cockroach Cam. It's like watching a bunch of cam girls go about their daily lives only the opposite of that because those…
There's nothing that inspires shriek-worthy horror quite like the terrible skittering of a cockroach bursting out from whatever dark corner and racing frantically to the next. Well that's not reserved for just normal, squishable cockroaches any more. The VelociRoACH, a six-legged, 4-inch little sucker, darts around…
Researchers have been working on this for a very long time and now they have finally achieved it: scientists at North Carolina State University have successfully remotely controlled cockroaches. Watch the video. It's both disgusting and impressive, but it could save your life one day.
Cripes, why don't we just hand the planet over to the robots already. Things were bad with the self-controlling war machines and computers capable of destroying our greatest trivia minds, but now we've invented biological electricity harvesters. Might as well build a fleet of Squids while we're at it.
Man, those Greedy Cable Companies have some nerve, am I right? Always showing up late, charging us for channels we don't want, under-delivering on broadband speeds. But at least they're not infesting our homes with bugs! Oh, wait.
A recently discovered South African cockroach leaps through the air like a missile, traversing nearly 50 times its body length with every hop.
A lot of augmented reality applications we've seen thus far have seemed a little, well, excessive. But if AR can put me at peace with spiders, snakes, cockroaches, and the rest? That's a feat deserving of a Nobel Prize.
I'm sorry, roaches that I've squashed. I didn't know that one day your kin would be our nuke-detecting salvation.
Nobody wants to flick on a light in their kitchen to see a bunch of cockroaches scurrying about. And depending on where you live, its not like a rinky-dink little roach motel will get the job done. Those suckers can be huge. Sure you could use a baseball bat or a gun, but if you don't get the jump on them one of these…