Is New York about to be invaded by ice-loving cockroaches?

Last year, workers in New York City's High Line park found some unusual-looking cockroaches they'd never seen before. And now, two biologists have identified the bugs as a species from Japan, pictured here (male on the left, female on the right) which can survive in icy weather that kills typical American roaches. New… » 12/09/13 10:46am 12/09/13 10:46am

10 Escaped Lab Animal Populations (And What They're Probably Doing Now)

Why must we constantly fear the supernatural when there's so much real stuff to fear? Take, for example, the many smart, dangerous groups of animals who escaped from their laboratory environments and now roam free. Perhaps they're just enjoying their liberty — or perhaps they're seeking revenge on those who caged… » 10/09/13 10:13am 10/09/13 10:13am

How Pesticides Pushed Cockroaches Into Rapid Evolution

In the 1980s, manufactures began making cockroach baits that combined sweet glucose with deadly insecticides. By 1993, many cockroach populations somehow developed an aversion to the bait. Now, 20 years later, scientists finally understand how the roaches beat these traps. » 5/23/13 1:00pm 5/23/13 1:00pm

Man wins live cockroach-eating contest, promptly dies

On Friday night, some thirty people participated in a live cockroach eating contest at a reptile shop in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Edward Archibold, who shop owner Ben Siegel described as "the life of the party," reportedly "dominated" the competition, downing dozens of the live insects in a matter of minutes. Archibold… » 10/09/12 8:30am 10/09/12 8:30am