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6/28/2013 03:35 PM EDT
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Max The Magnificent
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I'm sitting on the horns of...
Max The Magnificent   6/29/2013 2:53:27 PM
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I'm sitting on the horns of a dillemma (and it's not very comfortable, let me tell you).

On the one hand, cockroaches give me the heebie-jeebies

On the other hand, they are all part of life's rich tapestry

 

On the one hand, if I were burried in an earthquake I woudl like my fellow humans to use anything they can to locate me and dig me out.

On the other hand, I feel that there's something wrong about using another lifeform in this way (even if it is a cockroach)

 

 

 

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Re: Lightweight robots, heavy cockroaches
Max The Magnificent   6/29/2013 2:41:46 PM
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@patrick: I wonder if it slows them down

As a student I used to live in a place that was infested with the little #$%^% ... nothing slows them down!!!

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Max The Magnificent   6/29/2013 2:39:27 PM
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@kfield: ...the actual mounting of the electronics being the most costly as it's done by hand.

Not a job I'd like to do!

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Lightweight robots, heavy cockroaches
patrick.mannion   6/29/2013 2:00:10 PM
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I heard the electronics for this puppy weigh 3g or so, or about half that of a large cockroach. I wonder if it slows them down - or do their muscles grow in proportion. I know my own muscles don't:(

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kfield   6/29/2013 7:50:14 AM
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Based on personal experience dealing with cockroaches when I lived in a rental apartment in Dallas after college, I can't think of a better insect to send out in droves. I've read about similar work being done by researchers at Texas A&M, where they described the cost of the insects and the electronics as "minimal." with the actual mounting of the electronics being the most costly as it's done by hand. Would be interesting to see how that works!

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