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Mythbusters to Test Cockroach Radiation Myth

Zonk posted more than 6 years ago | from the still-be-here-when-we're-gone dept.

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redwoodtree writes "An article on the site for the Tri-City Herald sums it up perfectly: 'Contrary to popular belief, not a significant amount of research goes into cockroach radiation.' To test the old saw about 'the cockroaches being the only survivors of a nuclear war' Discovery Channel's Mythbusters are going out to Hanford Site, where plutonium was manufactured for the first nuclear bomb. It's the single most polluted nuclear waste site in the U.S. The Mythbusters are going to take cockroaches and other insects and apply successively higher doses of radiation in a controlled setting."

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Sorry... (4, Funny)

snowgirl (978879) | more than 6 years ago | (#21047875)

I for one welcome our new irradiated cockroach overlords.

Really, I apologize, I can't help it... :(

Is it a MYTH??? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21047953)

Mythbusters to Test Cockroach Radiation Myth
Hey, Zonk...
 
It isn't a myth until Mythbusters "busts" it. No well-known or accepted scientific tests have proven anything contrary to the common thoughts on the radiation resistance of cockroaches. PLEASE read what you are about to submit before you post it. There has been too much garbage spewed here lately.

Re:Is it a MYTH??? (5, Informative)

wanderingknight (1103573) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048021)

Umm, until there's scientific backing to the claim, any "popular knowledge" is and remains a myth. That's the whole point of the word. From dictionary.com:

5.an unproved or false collective belief that is used to justify a social institution.
Seems mythic enough to me.

Re:Is it a MYTH??? (4, Funny)

burtosis (1124179) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048315)

Still waiting for the episode on Catholicism.

Re:Is it a MYTH??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21048265)

There has been too much garbage spewed here lately.
You must be new here.

Re:Sorry... (1)

macdaddy357 (582412) | more than 6 years ago | (#21047999)

They won't care if we welcome them or not once they grow to the size of Godzilla. They will just devour us all like Cthulhu!

Don't forget to test twinkies as well (4, Funny)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 6 years ago | (#21047881)

Don't forget to test twinkies as well

Re:Don't forget to test twinkies as well (5, Funny)

hyades1 (1149581) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048091)

And lawyers. Couldn't we try some lawyers???

Re:Don't forget to test twinkies as well (2, Funny)

simcop2387 (703011) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048391)

They would but there insurance won't allow them to do that, AND the lawyers cost too much per hour.

Re:Don't forget to test twinkies as well (0)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048491)

What about Homer Simpson? he one can in late to work and then tried to hide in the core was latter forced to eat hundred gallons of toxic waste and was still able to bowl a 300 game later that day.

Re:Don't forget to test twinkies as well (4, Funny)

fm6 (162816) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048233)

Nothing can destroy twinkies. When humanity is long gone, alien archaeologists will marvel at the mummified remains of the dominant life form, all worshipers of the mysterious god Hostess.

Re:Don't forget to test twinkies as well (2, Funny)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048443)

C'mon, the test I'm wanting to see them perform is the one that claims:

"In the event of a nuclear holocaust, the only survivors would be cockroaches and Keith Richards [keithrichards.com] ".

Personally at this point, I don't think anything can kill him....

Safety? (5, Insightful)

guruevi (827432) | more than 6 years ago | (#21047885)

I wonder how they will handle the nuclear safety of their own and their crew.

Re:Safety? (4, Funny)

purpledinoz (573045) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048107)

And, for the big finale, I wonder if they're going to set off a nuke. Those guys love to blow things up.

Re:Safety? (4, Informative)

DrBuzzo (913503) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048123)

It shouldn't be too hard. I'd imagine that the reason they're going to hanford is not because the site is contaminated but because the they have the people and equipmnet to do this. It could be done rather easily with an x-ray beam or with a high energy radio isotopic source. There are chambers which can do this. Depending on the setup they're used for steralyzine medical equipment, calibrating radiation detectors and such. I have no idea how the procedure would go but Hanford is not contaminated to the point that it's dangerous to just be there. You just shouldn't put stuff you find on the ground in your mouth..

Re:Safety? (5, Funny)

grogdamighty (884570) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048293)

You just shouldn't put stuff you find on the ground in your mouth..

Note: this is generally good advice anywhere.

Re:Safety? (5, Interesting)

MichaelKaiserProScri (691448) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048181)

Gamma irradiator. Basically, big lead tube with a gamma source inside. You can't get it out. You can't expose the source to the outside world. There is a lead "airlock". You put the roach inside. Irradiate. Release. I went to a High School that had a gamma irradiator. We DID this experiment. Exposed roach to greater than 1000, but less than 10000 roentgens. We weren't real precise. But the roach lived long enough for us to decide we better squish it before it reproduced.

Oh, yes, "stuff doesn't glow when you expose it to radiation". Not 100% true. Some stuff DOES. Namely most crystals. One of the most impressive examples is Sodium Chloride. Yep, table salt. Irradiate it overnight. The gamma rays knock the electrons up to a higher energy level. But since salt has a very tight crystaline structure, they don't snap back down immediatly. Remove from irradiator, and over the course of the next 24 hours, it glows pretty brightly (bright as a glow stick) in a funky red-orange light (spectra of sodium). Eventually all the electrons snap back down to their ground state and it quits glowing. Not radioactive at any point while this is going on. The only thing it emits is red-orange photons which are not "radiation" by most people's standards. (Well it is, but ALL light is...)

Dude! (5, Funny)

markov_chain (202465) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048257)

Where exactly did you go to high school? :)

Safety isn't the issue (4, Insightful)

palladiate (1018086) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048331)

In a former life, I worked as an NDT technician. One of our biggest jobs was industrial radiography. Which, long story short, involves radioisotope cameras and lots of safety training. With an radiation safety expert, radiation alarms, survey meters, and proper equipment they'll be plenty safe.

The biggest problem for them would be to properly dose the cockroaches. What kinds and levels of radiation will they be receiving? Any clown can x-ray a roach until it dies, but what would the fallout profile of a world-ending nuclear war look like? What's the long-term effect of radioisotopes in their bodies? How much ionizing radiation will they receive?

There's alpha, beta, gamma, neutron... What kind of radiation are they going to use? Safety, while incredibly important for an experiment like this, is relatively easy to accomplish if they get an expert. Attacking the correct problem may prove far more troublesome.

Call from PETA in ... 3, 2, 1 (4, Funny)

AmIAnAi (975049) | more than 6 years ago | (#21047905)

Lets hope they don't get besieged by PETA, who seem to want to protect the rights cockroaches now [cbs2chicago.com]

Re:Call from PETA in ... 3, 2, 1 (3, Funny)

Trigun (685027) | more than 6 years ago | (#21047981)

Just invite them out to watch the taping.

Re:Call from PETA in ... 3, 2, 1 (4, Funny)

necama (10131) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048063)

Let's hope the PETA people want to watch the roaches from very close by as the radiation is applied.

creation of super-PETA (2, Funny)

MoFoQ (584566) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048453)

o crap....don't want to have a mutant Super-PETA ppl.

besides, this is for scientific research....not solely for entertainment like that roach-eating contest.
(and for the record....roaches have been around for millions of years....they've survived the devastation that wiped out most other forms of life...they can surely survive if a few of their comrades get irradiated.)

Re:Call from PETA in ... 3, 2, 1 (-1, Troll)

MarsDefenseMinister (738128) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048041)

I thought you were joking, but PETA and the liberals really are more interested in protecting roaches than people.

The two mythbusters guys are atheists I heard, which would more than explain their misplaced immoral priorities. Without Jesus, there is no morality. Without morality, you do stupid things like protect roaches.

Re:Call from PETA in ... 3, 2, 1 (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21048109)

I'm an atheist and say fuck the cockroaches.
Oh and throw in Jesus as well, whiny liberal cunt that he was.

Re:Call from PETA in ... 3, 2, 1 (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048477)

I'm an atheist and say fuck the cockroaches.

Well, even not considering the question of joy, I see major technical difficulties concerning having sex with cockroaches.

Re:Call from PETA in ... 3, 2, 1 (1)

NiceGeek (126629) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048159)

I was going to make fun of your statement...but it's so loony anything I'd say would be redundant.

Re:Call from PETA in ... 3, 2, 1 (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21048193)

As an atheist, I have no compunction about slitting their throats and tearing off that faggot walrus mustache for hurting any living thing. Adam and Jamie can very well test radiation poisoning on themselves for the sake of science or their idiotic realdoll but involving an innocent animal for the sake of entertainment who has no choice in the matter is completely lacking in merit. If the Discovery Channel proceeds with this, they damned well better start An Euthanasia Moment on their sister station Animal Planet.

Re:Call from PETA in ... 3, 2, 1 (1)

UncleTogie (1004853) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048407)

As an atheist, I have no compunction about slitting their throats and tearing off that faggot walrus mustache for hurting any living thing. Adam and Jamie can very well test radiation poisoning on themselves for the sake of science or their idiotic realdoll but involving an innocent animal for the sake of entertainment who has no choice in the matter is completely lacking in merit.

...

You DO know that cockroaches are insects, right? Unless you're also willing to rail against the pesticide industry for killing your "friends", your argument sounds a little hollow...

Re:Call from PETA in ... 3, 2, 1 (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21048267)

PETA and the liberals really are more interested in protecting roaches than people.

Wait, PETA speaks for all liberals? Thanks for the information. Now we can really beat that strawman down!

Re:Call from PETA in ... 3, 2, 1 (0, Troll)

Lord Ender (156273) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048349)

You just called all non-christians immoral--how delightfully evil of you! May the mods have mercy on your soul.

Re:Call from PETA in ... 3, 2, 1 (1)

Wavicle (181176) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048355)

I thought you were joking, but PETA and the liberals really are more interested in protecting roaches than people.

I was going to post a scathing reply to this, but I'm pretty sure after reading the rest of your message that you are just being sarcastic.

This is /. - you need to add a </sarcasm> tag!

Re:Call from PETA in ... 3, 2, 1 (2, Interesting)

quasius (1075773) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048441)

Not sure I really like the post; but just noting that if he had said how the mythbuster's alleged atheism allowed them to be more "objective," "scientific", or whatever, he would have been modded up "Insightful."

Re:Call from PETA in ... 3, 2, 1 (4, Insightful)

DrSkwid (118965) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048045)

So what is your criteria for what you will and won't murder ?

Re:Call from PETA in ... 3, 2, 1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21048161)

Homo Sapiens Sapiens vs. everything else.

Re:Call from PETA in ... 3, 2, 1 (0)

Reality Master 101 (179095) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048169)

So what is your criteria for what you will and won't murder ?

Things that I eat and are not domesticated are OK to kill ("murder" is specifically a human killing another human).

Re:Call from PETA in ... 3, 2, 1 (1)

Drall (1006725) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048241)

Things that I eat and are not domesticated are OK to kill
So...every single living thing, then. Gad, thanks a lot whoever posted this, you've made me sound like a PETA asshat!

Re:Call from PETA in ... 3, 2, 1 (4, Interesting)

tftp (111690) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048205)

Historically speaking, humans usually murder everything and everyone if that is in any way beneficial or entertaining.

But really the question is not that simple. Would you savagely murder one fluffy dog to save 100M people from a deadly virus? Would you savagely murder one human to save 100M people from a deadly virus? Would you savagely murder 1M humans to save 100M people from a deadly virus? Where is your threshold? I believe this is what Protectors of the Ringworld couldn't wrap their mind about.

Re:Call from PETA in ... 3, 2, 1 (5, Informative)

R2.0 (532027) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048229)

"So what is your criteria for what you will and won't murder ?"

Objection, your Honor - Loaded Question (Or is it leading the witness?)!

The correct question is "So what is your criteria for what you will and won't kill?"

"Killing" is performing an action that causes something that is living to cease doing so.

"Murder" is a legal definition, along with "manslaughter", "homicide", etc. By it's very definition, it is impossible to "murder" a cockroach.

If you are going to troll, do it correctly.

Re:Call from PETA in ... 3, 2, 1 (2, Informative)

Guysmiley777 (880063) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048305)

Food chain [chrisworfolk.com]

Re:Call from PETA in ... 3, 2, 1 (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21048337)

PETA member...cockroach...seems pretty redundant from where I'm standing.

Re:Call from PETA in ... 3, 2, 1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21048365)

i hope that doesn't happen because i plan on hosting lobster fights in the near future.

i told my chef friend about my lobster fight plans and he cackled awhile before telling me that years ago he and his chef friends would have the lobster olympics going on in the kitchen- for example, holding a stick above a boiling pot of water and having a lobster with one claw clamped onto the stick, the lobsters would do a few pull ups / curls to avoid the hot water until finally succumbing to the wily chef antics.

Yeah, but... (0, Troll)

rholland356 (466635) | more than 6 years ago | (#21047921)

Yeah, but how will they do stuff to Kari that won't cause permanent damage to her DNA?

Re:Yeah, but... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21047975)

I'll do some damage to her with MY dna...

Oh for the love of trolling

Re:Yeah, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21047979)

We NEED that DNA. It's of great importance.

Re:Yeah, but... (2, Funny)

BlackSnake112 (912158) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048051)

Kari should pass on this on. send in the other ones, just leave Kari alone. She should be protected.

Re:Yeah, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21048213)

Yeah, but how will they do stuff to Kari that won't cause permanent damage to her DNA?


I've got plenty of extra DNA to share with her.

Cockroaches, harmed in the making of broadcast? (3, Funny)

Marcion (876801) | more than 6 years ago | (#21047927)

Strange how little cats and dogs are protected on TV, but our little six-legged friends, well 200 can merrily risk their little lives in the name of pseudoscience television.

Re:Cockroaches, harmed in the making of broadcast? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21048087)

Six legged friends? WTF? Anything you can buy a trap for is pretty much fair game. Anything you can smash with a shoe is fair game.

I'd be surprised if the place wasn't crawling with cockroaches already.

It's been 4 minutes since you last successfully posted a comment. What the hell is this shit?

Re:Cockroaches, harmed in the making of broadcast? (1)

Drall (1006725) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048177)

Anything you can buy a trap for is pretty much fair game.
So we can happily nuke anything smaller than a bear? Unless you're already the beneficiary of some Marvel-style mutation, your number's up, mate.

Re:Cockroaches, harmed in the making of broadcast? (2, Insightful)

nategoose (1004564) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048243)

Well people ate plenty of roaches on Fear Factor and few people minded much except the people who were eating them.

Re:Cockroaches, harmed in the making of broadcast? (0, Flamebait)

Vellmont (569020) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048299)


Strange how little cats and dogs are protected on TV

Strange that people like yourself can't tell the difference between a cockroach and a dog.

Do you hate antibiotics as well, because it kills bacteria? Exactly how far down the scale do you draw your line?

Re:Cockroaches, harmed in the making of broadcast? (5, Funny)

SydBarrett (65592) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048393)

Strange that people like yourself can't tell the difference between a cockroach and a dog.

Dude, roaches and dogs taste COMPLETELY different.

stop breathing (1)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048321)

Strange how little cockroaches are protected in your view, but our asexually reproducing little unicellular friends, well 2,000 can merrily risk their little lives in the name of you breathing.

see? anyone can play this retarded game

Re:Cockroaches, harmed in the making of broadcast? (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048371)

I'm going to cook my dinner soon. Apparently it used to be a cow(or perhaps a bull).

Hopefully you are talking about it being silly to protect cats and dogs(and really, I don't think they are protected, I think that it simply isn't worth harming them during broadcast because a bunch of people freak out).

That would be great (0, Redundant)

El Lobo (994537) | more than 6 years ago | (#21047935)

That would be great! Well, unless the association for animal care begins scream about it (yes those guys are THAT weird)...

Oh, and please, show more Kari in that episode and my life will be good.

go-go roachzilla (4, Funny)

User 956 (568564) | more than 6 years ago | (#21047943)

The Mythbusters are going to take cockroaches and other insects and apply successively higher doses of radiation in a controlled setting.

So, what precautions do they have on hand in the event one of them grows to enormous size and goes on a rampage?

Re:go-go roachzilla (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21048083)

So, what precautions do they have on hand in the event one of them grows to enormous size and goes on a rampage?
If that happens then they simply unleash the gigantic centipede Coleoptrata against them.

Re:go-go roachzilla (1)

bigdavex (155746) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048093)

So, what precautions do they have on hand in the event one of them grows to enormous size and goes on a rampage?

If they have any sense at all, they'll irradiate wasps and centipedes as well to control them.

Re:go-go roachzilla (1)

markana (152984) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048103)

They're in the Tri-Cities - nothing but desert and sagebrush for miles around :-)

Bug will probably die of boredom long before it gets to Seattle or Portland.

(posted from the safety of a bunker on the wet side...)

haven't seen the show, have you? (1)

swschrad (312009) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048167)

lockers of explosives, Mentos and Diet Coke, magic flame-throwing geegaws of various types are all on the shelves in their little hideaway.

the Mythbusters can handle themselves against radioactive roaches.

but Lordy, help them if a fly gets in that test chamber......

Re:go-go roachzilla (2, Funny)

calebt3 (1098475) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048197)

Lots of PETA activists as bait to lure it into charging through a pesticides factory.

Re:go-go roachzilla (1)

fm6 (162816) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048273)

I'm sure the square-jawed guy with the white shirt and tie is standing by.

Re:go-go roachzilla (1)

RonnyJ (651856) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048341)

Another cockroach.

Re:go-go roachzilla (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21048481)

Duh, that's why they're going to where the first nuke was made. If things go badly they'll just activate a building montage and whip up another one from the leftovers.

The World's Biggest (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21047955)


Cockroach-In-Chief [whitehouse.org] .

Have a weekend.

Kilgore Trout

COAP? (4, Funny)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 6 years ago | (#21047961)

FT(Third linked)A:

All the bugs will go back to San Francisco. But instead of flying, a Mythbusters employee is having to drive the bugs back. Airlines, it seems, don't like cockroaches on a plane.
I don't know about the airlines, but I'd always assumed coach class was named so as a contraction of cockroach, since flying coach makes me feel like a cockroach.

Re:COAP? (1)

Master of Transhuman (597628) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048043)

Fuck that! Leave the little fuckers up there! We got enough roaches in San Francisco!

Once they leave, they need to stay gone!

Morons.

Re:COAP? (1)

mstahl (701501) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048071)

it seems, don't like cockroaches on a plane.

I'm tired of all these muthaf**kin' cockroaches on this muthaf**kin' plane!!

Re:COAP? (4, Funny)

markana (152984) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048147)

You can't legally treat animals (or insects) as badly as the airlines treat their passengers...

Cockroaches are used to better living conditions than coach anyway... certainly better food.

TMNT (1, Funny)

vodevil (856500) | more than 6 years ago | (#21047969)

They should bring turtles. I'd like to see some mutant ninja turtles.

i smell lawsuits... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21048007)

...from the PETA... I would not help with this experiment either.

Re:i smell lawsuits... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21048309)

Since stores are filled with roach traps and roach poisons, I kinda think any lawsuit is gonna get blown out the door by a judge REAL quick.

not the point (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21048011)

the whole point is that there are trillions or quadrillions of cockroaches around the world. most will die from exposure to radiation, but maybe some will contain a gene to help them combat radiation. doing a test on a few cockroaches with radiation won't do anything, that's not how darwinism works.

Re:not the point (1)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048053)

when has 'the point' ever had any impact on what they do on that show?

Re:not the point (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21048385)

Well, pointy things leave deeper impact then blunt ones, which has been shown in many episodes on the show.

Cruelty for the sake of entertainment (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21048027)

What exactly is Mythbusters going to contribute here than "LULZ BUGZ DYED ROLOFFLE" and Adam has a mustache that would be the envy of Freddie Mercury.
All life is sacred and it is not the place of the Mythbusters to test the limits of a living being's survivability because of an urban legend or the popular beliefs of laypeople.
Consider the shitstorm that Mythbusters would arouse if they were seeing if they used mice, kittens or puppies. Also kdawson and Zonk are idiots.

Radiation? (0, Redundant)

quantum bit (225091) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048031)

I, for one, welcome our giant super-intelligent mutant cockroach overlords.

Hmm... (0, Redundant)

Bwana Geek (1033040) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048033)

Part of me wonders if some special interest group will lash out and/or try to intervene. After all, there are many people who believe that ALL life -- even cockroaches and other insects -- is sacred. But the other part of me thinks this is BITCHIN'!

Call Homeland Security on these terrorists (4, Insightful)

Sloppy (14984) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048069)

Sheesh, this is obviously an attempt to create giant monsters to ravage America. Why do Mythbusters hate America?

I, for one... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21048379)

...awww, fuggit.

I thought it was for a different reason (5, Interesting)

CrazyJim1 (809850) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048073)

Cockroaches are spread out and hidden in walls so they're in places that less radiation will hit. After nuclear winter, they can eat all the carcasses of higher life forms and just plain survive. I never thought,"Hey, cockroaches can withstand more heat than other living organisms." We all know the bacteria that lives in deep sea vents will last because it doesn't get it's energy from the sun, and its shielded from the radiation above ground. Life will continue after nuclear winter, that is certain, but will human life continue is the question.

Re:I thought it was for a different reason (1)

Sloppy (14984) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048125)

I thought nuclear winter was an idea from the early 1980s, and I think the cockroaches-survive-nuclear-war myth is older than that.

Re:I thought it was for a different reason (1)

Volante3192 (953645) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048463)

Course, once power goes out and places like NYC go back to their normal temperatures inside and outside, roaches will die off because it's so freakin cold.

Suffer the little creatures (0, Flamebait)

threaded (89367) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048081)

What is it with animals that make make people go yuck that they then think it OK to do horrid things to them?

Re:Suffer the little creatures (4, Interesting)

fm6 (162816) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048345)

I think you answered your own question.

I heard an interview once with a scientist who wanted "endangered species" to include the less cuddly critters. He cited the fact that when the last surviving California condors were captured for breeding, the first thing that was done to them was a delousing. It never occurred to anybody that if a species is endangered, then their parasites must be endangered as well.

Nukes? Cockroaches are dead even w/o radiation (5, Interesting)

dtolman (688781) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048143)

According to "The World Without Us", by Alan Weisman - most of the roaches in the industrialized world will be Dead within 3 years of humanity disappearing! [worldwithoutus.com] Thats without even the radiation. So don't worry... when we go, the roaches will go with us.

Don't let Jamie get hit with radiation... (4, Funny)

autophile (640621) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048189)

...otherwise his mustache will become huge and go on a rampage!

Boric Acid (5, Funny)

curmudgeon99 (1040054) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048195)

As a proud resident of cochroach-ridden New York City, I can report that the little devils are immune to everything but Boric Acid which--apparently--causes them to become constipated.

And I thought they were geeks (2, Funny)

shrikel (535309) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048251)

Haven't they learned ANYTHING from science fiction?? Geez. Well, there goes the neighborhood.

take care (5, Funny)

clem (5683) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048271)

Don't get bitten by any of those radioactive cockroaches. Lord knows the superpowers you'd acquire.

Quantum Computing Myth? (0, Troll)

MOBE2001 (263700) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048283)

I wish Mythbusters could do the same thing for quantum computing but unfortunately, the superposition of quantum states only occurs when nobody is looking. Kind of convenient, don't you think? So much for empiricism. ahahaha... At any rate, Mythbusters is not about uncovering myths, but about making sure their own chosen myths remain beyond public scrutiny. The same is true for Slashdot and their chosen censors, uh... moderators, BTW. Thanks for the laughs, anyway. ahahaha... AHAHAHA... ahahaha...

Now, moderators, do your solemn duty. ahahaha...

Hanford's nuclear waste tanks might explode (1)

MichaelCrawford (610140) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048327)

I understand that Hanford has a problem with the chemicals in some of their liquid radioactive waste tanks. They've basically mixed together all manner of radioactive chemicals without much regard for how they would react with each other. There is some danger that some of the chemicals might react violently, with dangerous amounts of radiation being released into the environment.

wont someone think of the Cockroaches! (4, Funny)

BlueshiftVFX (1158033) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048377)

Ok so when does the "But all life is valuable" argument begin to sound idiotic. what about the Aids virus? what about that life? what about all other Virus "Life-Forms" that cause all kinds of horrible ailments and diseases? wont' somebody think of them too? is there life any less valuable then another?

I'm still waiting.... (3, Funny)

mark-t (151149) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048397)

... for Paul and Jamie to blast off and land on the moon to provide current affirmation that humanity has been there before. Although I'm sure that the hoax-sayers will just insist that they are part of the conspiracy also. Still... a condensed version of the trip would make an awesome extended episode (and they'd also get to bust some myths about zero-G during the flight).

A couple of things (1)

confused_demon (1161841) | more than 6 years ago | (#21048419)

First, about a year ago (maybe two) they were considering doing this at Lawerence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL). They even got to the point where there were film crews here being talked to about safety. The plan to do it here was eventually scrapped because of concerns that it would be bad press. For those that don't know Berkeley, CA has declared itself to be a "Nuclear Free Zone." No, I don't know anyone that actually knows what that means.

Second, sterilization via radiation is a standard method for dealing with bugs where the females only mate once. That is, you farm-raise a bunch of the males, irradiate them so they're sterile, then release them into the wild so the females will mate with infertile, farm-raised insects rather thant he fertile, wild ones. So it's well known that radiation can keep bugs from reproducing.

After giving up on LBNL, they were considering doing this at UC Davis. I don't know what the issues were that caused them to give up there.

PETA! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21048461)

You just shut the Hell Up. This is gonna be a cool episode.
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