Conan is great but first things first...
We all like cockroaches, don't we?
No, we don't!
Well, some find them tasty
- They are everywhere!
- They have been around for about 300 million years (so they've outlasted the dinosaurs by about 150 million years!)
- They can survive without head longer than you and I (up to two weeks)
Their reputation for being survivors is huge and well deserved but there are myths as well. The most know is related to cockroaches being able to survive a nuclear disaster because they resist to radiation. It's really a myth. A STUDY undertaken in 1959 showed that although they resist to radiation more than we do, there are other insects much more resistant.
Letal radiation doses:
- human: 400 - 1,000 rads
- cockroach: 20 000 rads
- fruit fly: 64 000 rads
- parasitoid wasp: 180 000 rads!!!
What about Conan?
The name is Deinococcus radiodurans. It's a foul-smelling reddish bacterium that researchers call "Conan the Bacterium" because its resistance to radiation.
1 500 000 rads!!!
Back to cockroaches...
Some people do love them!
See you tomorrow for more "Useless information"
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