New career options in cockroachin’
Not beetle-related per se, but the large, flightless, and delightful Madagascar hissing cockroach has been in the news lately. NSCU engineers, perhaps taking advantage of their university’s considerable assemblage of entomological expertise, found a way to direct the cockroaches’ hideous scuttling via remote stimulation of the cerci and antennae.
More importantly, some news outlets are heralding this as a search-and-rescue breakthrough, which is just delightful. I for one would love to see more heroic dictyopterans at the scene of any given natural disaster. Robo-roaches, laser mantises, whatever.
(maybe they could collaborate with the giant bomb-sniffing pouched rats of Tanzania?)