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A cockroach could save your life

A remotely controlled cyborg cockroach could come to your rescue - whether you want it to or not.
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Hey, little guys. Want to be part of a cool new research project? (ANNA MONACO/AFP/Getty Images)

Researchers from North Carolina State University have turned the cockroach - perhaps the world's most despised insect - into an emergency rescue worker.

The idea is to develop a cyborg cockroach, one that could be remotely controlled.

With a camera on its back, the cockroach could enter and maneuver through tiny crevices, searching for survivors from an earthquake or another disaster.

Search and rescue workers often have difficulty investigating these areas, and this new and improved (though still disgusting) little guy could be one way to locate survivors.

Reuters reports on how it works: