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Remote Controlled Cockroaches

by Ben Olson

Cockroaches that can be controlled by cell phone are to go on show at a technology conference in Scotland. The insects are fitted with a backpack which communicates with neurons in their antennae. They will be displayed at the Technology, Entertainment and Design conference at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. Designed as a learning tool for children, the insect can be controlled by a bluetooth phone. Creator Greg Gage said: "The point of the project is to create a tool to learn about how our brain works." Gage said he was "pretty certain" it did not cause pain, but the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said it had concerns. A spokesman said: "The RSPCA believes it is inappropriate to encourage children to dismantle insects." (Ananova)