October 5, 2012

The NBT: Cyborg-roaches


Julian: Nobody likes cockroaches. And they’re impossible to get rid of. So what to do? Well, researchers at North Carolina State University may have the answer.

In the story of The Pied Piper, a man is able to control rats with a flute. These researchers have come up with technology to control and steer cockroaches with a joystick. An NC State professor says eventually these controlled critters could help locate and transmit back information about people trapped during a disaster. And he says those who worry the device is hurting the cockroaches are wrong.

Alper Bozkurt: Many people may be thinking that we are zapping the insect and it tries to avoid the pain and goes in the other direction.

Julian: Bozkurt compares his electronic cockroach-controlling device to reins on a horse.

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