Have you ever wondered why cockroaches are so hard to get rid of? Well, now scientists have put them before a series of obstacles to find out how tough they really are—and the results are creepier than you imagined. Whether squeezing through tiny crevices, running in tight spaces, or taking crushing blows, cockroaches use their flexible exoskeletons to survive your foot stomps and quickly make their way through the cracks and crevices of your home.
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Read more about cockroach superpowers: http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2016/02/08/watch-amazing-video-reveals-why-roaches-are-so-hard-to-squish/
VIDEO FROM THE PAPER: K. Jayaram and R. J. Full, “Cockroaches Traverse Crevices, Crawl Rapidly in Confined Spaces, and Inspire a Soft, Legged Robot,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2016
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Jed Winer
Watch: Cockroaches Survive Squeezing, Smashing, and More | National Geographic