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Coackroaches would inherit earth if the world ends by nuclear explosion. Read why @ 4:43 am
On Sep 14, 2016
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Did you know that coackroaches can survive a nuclear attack for days… The amount of nuclear rad that would kill a human being in less than 10minutes can be survived by a coackroach….so next time you see that roach, remember to drop a salute! So just incase the world should end by nuclear explosion, we would have coackroaches as the new world inhabitants.
To test whether this doomsday scenario has any legs, the MythBusters subjected German cockroaches to three levels of radioactive metal cobalt 60. They started with a baseline exposure of 1,000 radon units (rads) of cobalt 60, capable of killing a person in 10 minutes, and followed it up with 10,000 and 100,000 rad exposures on separate guinea pig — er, roach — groups. (As a comparison, the bomb on Hiroshima emitted radioactive gamma rays at a strength of around 10,000 rads.)
Since radiation gradually destroys organisms on the cellular level, the MythBusters monitored the radiated roaches for 30 days. After a month, half the roaches exposed to 1,000 rads were still kicking, and a remarkable 10 percent of the 10,000 rad group was alive. The results confirmed that cockroaches can survive a nuclear explosion — but only to a point, as none of the critters in the 100,000 rad group made it through.
The ability of coackroaches to withstand nuclear attack comes down to the make up of their body cells. Cells are said to be most sensitive to radiation when they’re dividing. That’s why humans are more vulnerable — they have some cells that are constantly splitting up.
Roaches, on the other hand, only molt about once a week at most, which makes radiation’s window of opportunity to attack cells much narrower. But if the nuclear explosion was powerful enough, even these ancient critters couldn’t continue on.
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