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Some of the cockroach’s most disgusting properties are now being used for good.
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have harnessed the survival skills of the icky pests into a robot prototype that could be used to find victims in an earthquake or other disaster. The cockroach bot was described in a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday.
But the living cockroaches who invade our kitchens are still gross. In a new video (above), the researchers put roaches to the test and discovered that they can withstand almost 900 pounds of pressure — no wonder the little $$@@!! won’t die when we step on them.
They can squeeze through one-tenth-of-an-inch crevices and skitter away at high speed, even when they’re flattened in half.
At least all that indestructibility is pushing search-and-rescue technology forward.
Kaushik Jayaram, lead author of the paper who conducted the research while earning his PhD at UC Berkeley, designed a palm-sized robot that is capable of collapsing like a real roach. Named CRAM, or Compressible Robot With Articulated Mechanisms, it can be equipped with a camera and a plastic shield to mimic the roach’s hard-but-flexible exoskeleton.
As CBS noted, CRAM looks more like an armadillo, but its properties are roach-like and may someday save lives.
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