Roaches are more than just pests that crawl around our homes. Here’s how they are actually beneficial and even essential to the environment.
Cockroaches Good For Environment, Biologists Say
“The sight of a cockroach makes just about every American shudder… These fears drive us to kill, kill, kill, and wish death upon the whole genus. But what if – through some means more effective than a nuclear bomb – cockroaches really were wiped out? Could we then rest easy? Or do we, in fact, somehow need these monstrous vermin?”
“Zombie” Roaches Lose Free Will Due To Wasp Venom
“Unable to fight back, the “zombie” cockroach can be pulled into the wasp’s underground lair, where an egg is laid in its abdomen. The larva later hatches and eats the still living but incapacitated cockroach from the inside out.”
Cockroach Inspires Robotic Hand To Get A Grip
“No one thinks twice about picking up a cup of coffee, but this task has vexed robots for three decades. A new type of mechanical hand developed by researchers at Harvard and Yale promises to solve this problem.
In a makeover inspired by cockroach legs, the engineers chose not to make their robotic hand smarter, but to redesign its form to suit a dumb robot.”
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