Monday, February 2, 2009

Cyborg Beetle

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)-funded researchers have hooked remote controls to beetles. The giant flower beetle, equipped with a radio receiver and neuroelectric controls, could be fitted with cameras and heat sensors for a variety of military and civilian missions. With beetles accounting for about 1/4 of all known life, shouldn't we be more careful about giving them a leader?

(image credit: Michel Maharbi, technologyreview.com)