Wednesday, May 2, 2012


I've been sort of fond of cockroaches since I saw them in Pasadena* for the first time, one second plastered inconspicuously against the concrete, the next second scurrying shockingly quickly on their tall stilt legs. Plus, anything that indestructible is just inherently cool. Maybe not as cool as octopuses, but still really cool.

Now it seems they are also surprisingly social and suffer from 'isolation syndromes' when cut off from one another. They seem to have a kind of cooperative group intelligence along the lines of ants.

Nature is crazy.

*Someone needs to make a slow-motion video of whatever variety lives in southern California. I can't find one, and it's really cool.

[Stolen from MR.]

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