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#1 NanuqoftheNorth

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 03:21 AM

Researchers say they've figured out a way to create cyborg, remote-controlled cockroaches, hoping one day the resilient creatures could be steered into disaster zones to gather information and look for survivors.

Video footage from the experiments at North Carolina State University shows the part-robot roaches being directed along a curving path via remote control. The researchers say they attached a lightweight chip with a wireless receiver and transmitter onto Madagascar hissing cockroaches and wired a microcontroller to the insects' antennae and cerci — the sensory organs on the bug's abdomen that cause it to run away from danger.

With electrical signals, the researchers stimulated the cerci to trick the roaches into thinking they needed to scamper away from a predator. Once moving, charges sent to the antennae controlled the insects' direction. A signal sent to one antenna could make a roach think its feeler was touching a wall, sending it in the opposite direction, a statement from NC State explained.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 02:17 PM

lol

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 03:38 PM

hoping one day the resilient creatures could be steered into disaster zones to gather information and look for survivors.


righttttttt

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 05:29 PM

what has science done?

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 10:36 AM

So safe to say NCSU has plenty of cockroaches, eh?

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 11:07 AM

And it's safe to assume UNC has plenty of cocks...now I can see the appeal for you

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 12:34 PM

2/10

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:39 AM

This sounds like the start of a bad horror movie.


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