What will they think of next?
In an experiment that looks like it belongs to science fiction, researchers have been able to blend living moths with cold, hard technology. I'm assuming the eventual plan is to rule the world.
Well, perhaps not rule the world. They'd need to wire up a lot more bugs.
Researchers at North Carolina State University have great plans for these tiny drones. The eventual hope is to use these cyborg moths to conduct spy missions, locate people and animals in search-and-rescue missions, and map ecosystems.
While the moth, a tobacco hawkmoth, was still in its larval stage, the researches implanted an electrode into the insect. As the moth grew and emerged from its cocoon, the implant was grafted into the insect by the moth's own tissues growing up and around the device.
The implant didn't hinder the moth in any way, as the wingspan of the insect is the size of an adult's hand and the implant weighs around half a gram. The implant was previously used on other moths to conduct tests on steering the moths with electrical impulses.
In this experiment, the moths were simply monitored by researchers to gain a better understanding of how the moths' wings move and how their flight is controlled. It's just another small step for man, but possibly one giant leap forward for tobacco hawkmoths. And maybe world domination.