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2012-09-10 20:21:14

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online As companies continue to pump out smartphone-controlled devices like the Ar.Drone 2.0, one set of researchers has taken things a step further with a remote controllable cockroach. North Carolina State University researchers have developed a system that uses an electronic interface to steer cockroaches. The team said that their goal was to determine whether they were able to create a wireless biological interface to control the...

2009-04-30 11:57:47

 Tiny mites living on the surface of Madagascar hissing cockroaches help decrease the  presence of a variety of molds on the cockroaches' bodies, potentially reducing allergic responses among humans who handle the popular insects, according to new research.Scientists cultured and identified fungi on the cockroaches' body surfaces with and without mites and discovered that the presence of these mites reduced the molds by at least 50 percent.Many of these same researchers reported a...

2008-12-01 16:46:02

Florida scientists have warned that exotic roaches purchased on the Internet to feed pet lizards could lead to the non-native species infesting U.S. homes. University of Florida entomologists said insects including the Madagascar hissing roach, a 3-inch-long horned roach that hisses like a snake, could gain a foothold in Florida homes if specimens purchased via the Internet as pet food escape and mate, The St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported Monday. It's not that they're any harder to kill...

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2008-03-17 14:25:00

Their gentle nature, large size, odd sounds and low-maintenance care have made Madagascar hissing cockroaches popular educational tools and pets for years. But the giant insects also have one unfortunate characteristic: Their hard bodies and feces are home to many mold species that could be triggering allergies in the kids and adults who handle the bugs, according to a new study.Researchers have identified 14 different types of mold on and around this species of cockroach, including several...


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2005-08-25 11:19:50

The Madagascar hissing cockroach (Gromphadorhina portentosa) is a large cockroach which is originally from the island of Madagascar off the African coast. They are large and wingless and grow up to 2.5" in length and are brown to black in color. The insect makes a hissing sound for communication. They can live up to two years. It is a very popular pet because of its hissing sound and large size, and interesting appearance. It has become a popular insect in Hollywood movies, featured...

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  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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