News FocusSOCIETY FOR INTEGRATIVE AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY, 3–7 JANUARY 2010, SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

Racing Crash-Happy Cockroaches

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Science  12 Feb 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5967, pp. 776
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5967.776-a

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Although the American cockroach is lightning fast, traveling more than 1.5 meters per second and able to scale walls in the blink of an eye, it would win no awards for grace or flawless performance. At the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology meeting, roboticists described experiments with high-speed cameras that showed that cockroaches run up walls by crashing into them headfirst. The finding has implications for the design and control of tiny robots.