I’m not sure about the root canals, but when it comes to cockroaches, all I can say is: Well, duh.
While members of Congress can’t seem to get past their partisan petulance long enough to agree on what day it is, cockroaches have many admirable attributes.
A study by scientists at Queen Mary, University of London found that cockroaches are social beings who “talk” to one another about food and prefer to dine in groups. When presented with two identical slices of bread, the roaches repeatedly gathered around the same slice, rather than splitting up.
Cockroaches can recognize individual members of their family, they live together in closely bonded groups, and they make collective decisions—about where to seek shelter, for instance—that will benefit the entire cockroach clan.
In an earlier study, researchers used computer simulations to show that, even with their tiny brains, insects have enough neural circuits to possess consciousness and that they may even be able to count. “Animals with bigger brains are not necessarily more intelligent,” says Professor Lars Chittka, one of the researchers.
If you’re still not ready to roll out the welcome mat for our cockroach friends, here are a few simple ways to keep unwanted bugs at bay. (If members of Congress invade your home, you’re on your own.)
Written by Paula Moore
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