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Free-flying cyborg insects steered from a distance

• New Scientist

By connecting electrodes and radio antennas to the nervous systems of beetles, the researchers were able to make them take off, dive and turn on command. The cyborg insects were created at the University of California, Berkeley, by engineers led by Hirotaka Sato and Michel Maharbiz as part of a programme funded by the Pentagon's Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

The project's goal is to create fully remote-controlled insects able to perform tasks such as looking for survivors after a disaster, or acting as the ultimate spy.

 
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Comment by Lola Flores
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 Wow, would you look at that?  Obama is now free-flying right-winged insects from a distance in his spare time (the one left from being a Socialist, Fascist, Communist, Muslim & doing all the things that the right-wined insects accuse the guy of doing).  Ha ha!  Gotta love it, this is a good one, Lori, thanks for the laugh.


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