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Cyborg Beetle Lets Scientists Understand Flying Insects Better

April 24th, 2015

Tiny Electric Backpack Helps Scientists Understand How Beetles Fly

Scientists are interested in finding out how bugs can fly. So much so that a group of researchers from the University of California Berkeley and Nanyang Technology University in Singapore are conducting experiments.

According to Tech Times, these researchers are attaching tiny electric backpacks to learn how beetles take off, steer, and more. The tiny backpack contains a wireless transmitter, battery and electrodes that are connected to the optic lobes and flight muscles of the beetle.

So far, the experiment shows that a muscle used to control the folding of wings plays an important role in steering.

Scientists hope to use wireless sensors similar to the beetle’s tiny backpack to answer other, larger questions in the scientific community.

Read more: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/40214/20150317/cyborg-beetle-lets-scientists-understand-flying-insects-better-video.htm

 

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