Saturday, November 22, 2003

Elderly cockroaches become doddery with age - New Scientist

The article notes: When the team put the insects on a mini treadmill, adults that had reached the ripe old age of 60 weeks took around half as many steps per second as one-week-old individuals. Many of the old-timers develop a stumbling gait as their front foot catches on their second leg.

The article doesn't note: The cockroaches nonetheless contend they can drive "perfectly fine, damnit" and also grow to have an odd obsession with Country Kitchen Buffet.

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