I have always taken the position the only good cockroach is a dead cockroach. Even as an ordained minister, I changed my theologySatan did not enter the garden as a serpent; he came as a cockroach!
Well, there may be some redemption for cockroaches after all. At least thats the way Ben Epstein sees it. He is the vice president at OpCoast, a Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, defense contractor.
Olga Kharif reports in Bloomberg Businessweek on the astounding tasks OpCoast is getting these bugs to perform (A Bugs Life In the Trenches 7/2/127/8/12, p. 34):
The goal is to use the insects to communicate with people trapped in collapsed buildings, mines, and other areas rescuers cant easily reach. The insects might also conduct surveillance. . . . On its belly, each roach carries a dime-size circuit board along with a radio, a microphone, and a battery. . . . As the bugs crawl into crevices and disperse, their microphones pick up sounds, while the radios transmit data via a local-area wireless [network].
OpCoast believes in equal opportunity employment. It plans to expand the research into smaller types of insects. This is very doable as technology miniaturization occurs.
Well, just about the time Id given up on cockroaches, along comes OpCoast! Hey, if theres hope for cockroaches, then maybe theres hope for
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