Resistance is Futile: PETA Attempts to Halt the Sale of Remote-Controlled Cyborg Cockroaches



People have done many terrible things to cockroaches in the name of fear: impaled them with a shoe, squashed them in a tissue, and water tortured them down the drain. Now People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is claiming that a government-funded neuroscience startup is doing terrible things to roaches in the name of education.

Backyard Brains in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which is backed by the National Institute of Mental Health, sells a $99 kit that lets anyone with time, patience, and a spare cockroach create a RoboRoach, a living cockroach whose movements are remotely controlled by its human caretaker. “It’s an educational kit, it’s not a toy,” says Backyard Brains co-founder Greg Gage, who adds, “we want people to learn about the biological systems.”

Using the same concept as deep brain stimulation, in which electrodes implanted in people’s brains help control symptoms of Parkinson’s and other…

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Everything You Need to Know About Thanksgivukkah



Gather your gourds and yarmulkes—it’s time to celebrate Thanksgivukkah.

In a rare alignment of calendars, the first day of Hanukkah will fall on the same day as Thanksgiving this year: Nov. 28. Here’s everything you need to know about the power holiday, the best excuse for overeating since sliced potatoes.

It won’t happen again for 70,000 years.  

As you might have heard, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of each November. Americans keep track of that date using the Gregorian calendar. Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish holiday, is governed by the Hebrew calendar, which can have between 353 and 385 days per year. So the start date of the Festival of Lights varies in relation to other holidays, typically falling in December. The first day of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving haven’t coincided like this since 1888 and won’t coincide again until the year 79811, according to an analysis done by…

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