The Fascinating Mix Of Insects And Technology


Cockroaches As Helpers

Controlling Cockroaches

Source: North Carolina State University, http://web.ncsu.edu/abstract/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Bozkurt-Roach-1-615.jpg

The University of North Carolina recently announced that they had success with a project that allowed scientists to control the movement of cockroaches. The project, which specifically uses Madagascar hissing cockroaches, involves the placement of a sort of technological backpack on the cockroach’s back that connects to the body with wires. According to the individuals working on the project, the ability to control a small cockroach to obtain data in hard to reach places saves money since small, fully robotic systems of the same size would not need to be created.


Moths: Insect Cyborgs

Moth: Insect Cyborgs

Source: New Scientist, http://www.newscientist.com/data/images/ns/cms/dn13412/dn13412-1_567.jpg

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An Elephant In Mourning

elephant-mourning-photograph

From Imgur: “We came across an elephant whose corpse was overcome by vultures and jackals. Another elephant approached. She chased away the predators and very slowly and with much empathy wrapped her trunk around the deceased elephant’s tusk. She stayed several hours guarding her.”

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