Green June beetles beware: The draft never ended. You may be called upon to serve your country.
Military, commercial and academic defense research teams have been busy turning beetles and bees into cybugs, eeny-weeny cyborgs that will serve as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) -- tiny, living versions of drone aircraft.
From surveillance and explosives detection to search and rescue missions, micro UAVs could be useful for a range of defense and security applications. They would have proved handy last year for monitoring the flooding in Pakistan and Thailand, or for inspecting the ravaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after Japan’s earthquake -- disaster areas where a micro UAV could be deployed rather than risk human life.
War Games: 'Cyborg Beetle Mini Drones'
June beetles conscripted into cyborg army
Wearable Robots Help Paralyzed Warriors Walk Again
Sniper Detectors Coming to America's Heartland
Tobii Eye Tracking Tech Watches What You Watch
Some scientists have created UAVs smaller than 6 inches -- but 6 inches is mini, not micro. Insects are micro.
Read more here.