A cockroach could save your life

Hey, little guys. Want to be part of a cool new research project?</p>

Hey, little guys. Want to be part of a cool new research project?

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, theĀ 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: