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Scientists Developing Remote-Control Cyborg Moths

samzenpus posted about a month ago | from the stay-out-of-the-light dept.

Technology 27

Zothecula writes We've been hearing a lot about the development of tiny flying sensor-equipped robots, that could be sent into areas such as disaster sites to seek out survivors or survey the damage. However, why go to the trouble of designing those robots from scratch, when there are already ready-made insects that are about the right size? That's the thinking behind research being conducted at North Carolina State University, which is aimed at converting moths into "biobots".

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moth balls (1)

Nyder (754090) | about a month ago | (#47725277)

ya, but moth balls will always bring them down.

Re:moth balls (1)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about a month ago | (#47725435)

ya, but moth balls will always bring them down.

Not to mention patio lights.

Re:moth balls (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47725941)

Their frickin lasers ought to take care of that.

Re:moth balls (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47725509)

Moths avoid moth balls.

Re:moth balls (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about a month ago | (#47726849)

So use female moths. Duh.

NCSU is mostly talk (1)

turkeydance (1266624) | about a month ago | (#47725321)

with little action. biobots resemble NC State's administration. oh, the stories i could tell.

Mothra (2)

Zordak (123132) | about a month ago | (#47725325)

This will obviously ultimately lead to Mothra, which will be aswesome, especially if these guys also figure out how to build Godzilla so they can have an epic battle to the death that wrecks a scale model of Tokyo.

Do the tests stat ... (1)

CaptainDork (3678879) | about a month ago | (#47725361)

... moths don't live a long time and stuff.

Re:Do the tests stat ... (3, Insightful)

viperidaenz (2515578) | about a month ago | (#47725501)

They live longer than a charge on a battery powered flying vehicle.

Re:Do the tests stat ... (1)

CaptainDork (3678879) | about a month ago | (#47725539)

I'd mod your comment up if I could ... excellent point.

Re:Do the tests stat ... (1)

wvmarle (1070040) | about a month ago | (#47726629)

As counterargument, a couple hours of flying time is enough for many missions like seeing what's around the corner or inside a building, and cyborg moths don't come out of their pupa on demand, nor can they be pre-produced and stored waiting for use in an emergency.

Re:Do the tests stat ... (1)

viperidaenz (2515578) | about a month ago | (#47726655)

unless you can freeze them like you can with flies

Re:Do the tests stat ... (1)

wvmarle (1070040) | about a month ago | (#47727321)

A large stock of cryogenic, cyborg moths; ready to be unfrozen and directed to do whatever their masters tell them to do.

This starts to sound rather creepy to me. Stuff for a scifi thriller.

Re:Do the tests stat ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47731427)

You were OK with the cybernetic control mechanisms, but refrigeration technology makes it creepy?

Re:Do the tests stat ... (1)

Bugamn (1769722) | about a month ago | (#47734463)

I'm cool with that.

Re:Do the tests stat ... (1)

sanjeev1991 (3743719) | about a month ago | (#47726705)

Many equipment which are not generally made up of water resistant, Any water or liquid may damage that euipments!!

Re:Do the tests stat ... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47725519)

They live longer than my S5 without a change..

Re:Do the tests stat ... (1)

freelunch (258011) | about a month ago | (#47725835)

The moth that burns twice as bright burns for half as long.

I know I'm old, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47725569)

When I was young, we didn't go around genetically engineering moths to be remote controls. We just made the kids get up and turn the knob on the TV to change the channel.

Finally! (1)

Alejux (2800513) | about a month ago | (#47726115)

I was starting to wonder when they would get to it...

Submit to your moth rulers. (1)

Eravnrekaree (467752) | about a month ago | (#47726363)

I for one welcome our new moth overlords.

Re:Submit to your moth rulers. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a month ago | (#47731553)

In Soviet Russia, new moth overlords welcome YOU!

Wow (1)

cadeon (977561) | about a month ago | (#47728093)

This is straight out of science fiction.

I can see it now, a comic book super villain and his swarm of programmable insects.

What a time to be alive.

Re:Wow (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | about a month ago | (#47728827)

I can see it now, a comic book super villain and his swarm of programmable insects.

You mean, like this guy? [wikia.com]

Re:Wow (1)

cadeon (977561) | about a month ago | (#47728957)

Perfect.

Godzilla (1)

slapout (93640) | about a month ago | (#47730981)

Didn't Godzilla fight those one time?

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