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02.04.15 Prachi Gupta

Urban legend says that when Earth is entirely devoid of life, cockroaches will be the one species to survive us all, and scientists may have discovered why — partially, at least. In a morbidly fascinating study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, scientists at Université libre de Bruxelles have found that cockroaches have […]

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12.09.13 Andy Cush

The AP is reporting that a cockroach species that’s never before been seen in the U.S. has been spotted on the High Line. Entomologists say it’s not a cause for great concern, but one of Periplaneta japonica’s attributes stands out: unlike ordinary NYC roaches, it can survive in freezing cold. “There has been some confirmation that it […]

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07.24.13 Andy Cush

Possibly more relevant to your life than the Starbucks map: a regularly updated cockroach map of NYC’s zip codes first launched in 2010, based on how many roaches are turned up by restaurant inspectors in a given week. This week, 10473, encompassing Clason Point, Shore Haven, and Castle Hill in the Bronx is the worst, and […]

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06.10.13 Andy Cush

We’ve seen robotic roaches and tweet-controlled critters before, but nothing quite like this. RoboRoach, currently funding on Kickstarter, is a $99 kit that would allow users to turn a cockroach–yes, an actual, living cockroach–into their own personal cyborg. See the thing in action above. Getting the bug under your command is just as gruesome as you might imagine. […]

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05.24.13 Andy Cush

Bad news for anyone who’s ever dealt with a roach-infested apartment: a group of scientists has discovered a strain of cockroaches that is no longer tolerant of glucose, the better to avoid our sugar-laced roach motels. According to a (thoroughly disgusting) BBC News video, the evolved bugs’ taste buds that would ordinarily respond to bitter […]

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01.10.13 Andy Cush

After we posted about this high-speed, six-legged, cockroach-inspired cardboard robot yesterday, Duncan Haldane, the VELOCIRoACH’s creator, got in touch to share the above image and a few more details about the bot’s construction and inspiration. Haldane points out that though his cockroach isn’t the fastest robot ever–that honor belongs to Boston Dynamics’ LS3, as far […]

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01.09.13 Andy Cush

As if regular cockroaches weren’t awful enough, a professor at University of California, Berkley has created the VELOCIRoACH, a six-legged cardboard robot modeled on roach anatomy that can run at 2.7 meters per second–26 times the length of its body–making it the second-fastest self-propelled robot on record. Check it out, skittering around disgustingly, in the […]

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04.19.12 Marina Galperina

“This is a tribute to a cockroach that lived its life to the fullest. 2012 — 2012.” Roaches are disgusting. Smite the disgusting roaches! And yet, the Minneapolis-based Carmichael Collective almost draws a tear with their tiny street intervention Bug Memorials. Disgusting roaches… But, aw, see the squashed crawly beasties laid out dead with dignity, surrounded […]

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01.05.10 Cajun Boy

As you may have heard, Tila Tequila’s “fiancee,” the pill-addled heiress Casey Johnson, was found dead in LA yesterday. Almost immediately, Tila took to Twitter to plead for privacy while she grieves the loss of her one true love, at one point even tweeting that Johnson wasn’t actually dead but in coma, and then tweeting […]

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