The cyborg cockroach is far from being a new thing. Scientists have been tinkering with insect brains for a while now, and the applications range from search-and-rescue to espionage. Backyard Brains is merely the first to put the tech into the hands of anybody who wants to give it a try. Depending on who you ask, this will either start a "NeuroRevolution" or raise a new generation Dr. Frankensteins (and that's putting it lightly—the word psychopath has been thrown around). My take on the subject is pretty much in line with Green*, above, but the complexity of the subject is not lost on me. While we have much to learn about invertebrate suffering and perception, I'm somewhat skeptical of this experiment's educational value in the hands of an unguided individual.