Cyborg Moth 'Biobots' May Fly in Future Search and Rescue Missions (VIDEO)

August 20, 2014 3:52 PM

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Imagine a moth flapping its way through a disaster area, flying over regions that are too dangerous for humans. Now imagine if you could control that moth in order to assess an area, bringing back critical data for search and rescue missions. Scientists may have managed just that; they've developed a new method for electronically manipulating the flight muscles of moths and for monitoring the electrical signals that moths use to control those muscles.

"In the big picture, we want to know whether we can control the movement of moths for use in applications such as search and rescue operations," said Alper Bozkurt, co-author of the new paper detailing the work, in a news release. "The idea would be to attach sensors to moths in order to create a fl...

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