Sci-Fi Bugs Not So Fi

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I was skeptical as to the veracity of this posting when I first read it, but it is on NewScientist.com, not TheOnion: "Free-flying cyborg insects steered from a distance."

Researchers implant electrodes and antennas into the tiny nervous systems of flying insects—in the case of this video, a big beetle—and then steer them via radio control ... and then refer to them as cyborgs.

The purpose of said research is to develop a tool for search and rescue operations or, of course, spying.

And before you even think of commenting on my insensitivity, I am NOT advocating the use of living creatures in scientific testing. I know even creepy bugs have feelings.