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Image of the Day: A Shrimp and a Cockroach

By The Scientist Staff | October 2, 2017

In the mantis shrimp brain, scientists uncover mushroom bodies—learning and memory structures typically found in the brains of insects. 


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Gut Bugs Affect Cockroach Poop-ularity

By Jef Akst | December 9, 2015

Commensal bacteria living in the gastrointestinal tracts of cockroaches lace the insects’ feces with chemical cues that mediate social behavior, according to a study.

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Roach Conformity

By Jenny Rood | February 4, 2015

Individual cockroaches can be shy or bold, but they alter their behavior to fit in with a group, a study shows.

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New Bug on the Block

By Tracy Vence | December 9, 2013

Scientists have identified a species of cockroach never before seen in the U.S., which was spotted last summer on Manhattan’s West Side.

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Controlling Cockroaches

By Abby Olena | October 8, 2013

Responses to RoboRoach, a behavior-controlling cockroach backpack, vary from enthusiasm to ethical concerns.


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Roach Motel Vacancies Explained

By Ruth Williams | May 23, 2013

Scientists discover why certain cockroaches avoid eating insecticide-containing sugary bait.


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Tough Bugger

By Megan Scudellari | March 1, 2013

Fearless cockroach hunter Coby Schal investigates how insects communicate via chemical cues, then subverts those signals for pest control.


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Behavior Brief

By Kate Yandell and Beth Marie Mole | January 15, 2013

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research


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Roaches to the Rescue

By Elise Andrew | September 13, 2012

Live remote-controlled cockroaches may one day be used to seek out Earthquake victims buried in debris.


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