Remote-Controlled Roaches to the Rescue?

September 11, 2012 | Scientific American

The robot in WALL-E may have befriended a cockroach, but humans are more likely to react with revulsion than joy at the sight of one. Would you feel differently, however, if you were trapped in a collapsed building or mine, and rescuers had sent a cockroach in to find you? A team of researchers says it can harness the cockroach’s uncanny survivability in ways that might someday benefit humanity.