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Bionic bee­tles

Re­searchers from Nanyang Tech­no­log­i­cal Univer­sity in Sin­ga­pore have man­aged to con­trol gi­ant flower bee­tles us­ing tiny back­packs with elec­trodes con­nected to the bee­tles’ mus­cles. They hope that the bionic fly­ing bugs can be used in search-an­dres­cue mis­sions in the fu­ture.

Mantis shrimp cam­era

A new cam­era in­spired by the colour­ful mantis shrimp has been cre­ated by en­gi­neers at the Univer­sity of Illi­nois Ur­bana-Cham­paign in the US. The mantis shrimp has incredibly good vi­sion, and can de­tect when light vi­brates in cer­tain di­rec­tions – some­thing that hu­mans are com­pletely un­aware of. The en­gi­neers be­lieve this new cam­era can help with un­der­wa­ter nav­i­ga­tion.

Ro­botic bee

A RoboBee, cre­ated by sci­en­tists at Har­vard Univer­sity in the US, can fly, dive, swim and even burst out of the wa­ter. The sci­en­tists be­lieve it can be used for sur­veil­lance or search-and-res­cue op­er­a­tions.

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