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Artificial Nerve Senses Pressure, Moves Cockroach Leg
Shawna Williams | May 31, 2018
The device could one day help enable prosthetics deliver richer touch information to users.
Image of the Day: A Shrimp and a Cockroach
Staff, The Scientist Staff | Oct 2, 2017
In the mantis shrimp brain, scientists uncover mushroom bodies—learning and memory structures typically found in the brains of insects.
Gut Bugs Affect Cockroach Poop-ularity
Jef Akst | Dec 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.
Jenny Rood | Feb 4, 2015
Individual cockroaches can be shy or bold, but they alter their behavior to fit in with a group, a study shows.
New Bug on the Block
Tracy Vence | Dec 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.
Abby Olena | Oct 8, 2013
Responses to RoboRoach, a behavior-controlling cockroach backpack, vary from enthusiasm to ethical concerns.
Roach Motel Vacancies Explained
Ruth Williams | May 23, 2013
Scientists discover why certain cockroaches avoid eating insecticide-containing sugary bait.
Megan Scudellari | Mar 1, 2013
Fearless cockroach hunter Coby Schal investigates how insects communicate via chemical cues, then subverts those signals for pest control.
Kate Yandell, Beth Marie Mole | Jan 15, 2013
A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research
Roaches to the Rescue
Elise Andrew | Sep 13, 2012
Live remote-controlled cockroaches may one day be used to seek out Earthquake victims buried in debris.