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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 10:11 PM
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Pentagon Contract for Beetle Borne Surveillance
Mar 7, 2009

University of California researchers, on a Pentagon contract, announced in January success at rigging a live flower beetle with electrodes and a radio receiver to enable scientists to control the insect's flight remotely. Pulses sent to the bug's muscles or optic lobes can command it to take off, turn left or right, or hover, according to a report in MIT Technology Review, and the insect's large size (up to a whopping four inches in length) would enable it to also carry a camera, giving the beetle military uses such as surveillance or search and rescue. The researchers admired the native flight-control ability of the beetle so much that they abandoned developing robot beetles (which required trying to mimic nature).

http://www.beaconcast.com/articles/20090308_17
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readmoreoften Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 10:29 PM
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1. But baby can't eat.
And daddy can't pay the mortgage.
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ConcernedCanuk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:01 PM
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2. Read the other items at the link - interesting to say the least . . .
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for example:

Least Competent Criminals

Recurring Themes: (1) In February, David Hampton, 23, was charged in Charlotte County, Fla., with robbing a BP gas station and became the latest such robber to run out of gas in his getaway car even though minutes earlier, obviously, he had been present at a gas station.

http://www.beaconcast.com/articles/20090308_17

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