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News of the Weird: Man Dressed as Bigfoot Run Over By Car
At a conference in August, researchers from North Carolina State University demonstrated their latest technological advance in aiding “first responders” to peacetime and wartime disasters: cockroaches. Outfitting Madagascar hissing cockroaches with electronic backpacks that include antennas, batteries, cameras and microphones, the scientists hacked the bugs' nervous systems to steer them remotely into the tiniest of openings — a crucial step toward finding survivors of earthquakes or bomb damage in densely built-up and populated areas. Said one researcher, to ABC News, “(S)omewhere in the middle (of tons of rubble) your kid is crying,” and huge machines are “not very efficient” at finding him.
By Chuck Shepherd
October 2, 2012