08 Sep '12, 9am

Scientists steer live cockroaches with a remote control

Scientists steer live cockroaches with a remote control

When you were a kid growing up, you might have thought that the magic of remote control was the coolest thing ever. If you were lucky, you might have owned a remote control car, a remote control boat, or (if you were the luckiest) a remote control airplane. But what remote control toys might kids of the future yearn to play with? Well, thanks to researchers at North Carolina State University, remote control cockroaches might be an option, according to Physorg.com . You heard that right. Researchers have attached wireless electrical circuits to the backs of roaches-- effectively transforming them into cyborg roaches-- and have learned how to steer the live animals at their command. But why, you might ask? "Our aim was to determine whether we could create a wireless biological interface with cockroaches, which are robust and able to infiltrate small spaces," explained Alper ...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/research-innovations/storie...

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