Insects of Tomorrow (Part I)

Most of us know The Terminator, a man who is both machine and human — a cyborg. That isn’t just the stuff of movies and the future. That reality is now. Researchers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have brought this reality to life using Mecynorrhina torquata — one of the largest beetles found in Africa. Using implanted electrodes, researchers were able to control the movement of the beetle’s limbs. By utilizing different electrical stimuli, the beetle’s speed of movement and the length of each step was changed. This is a relatively new development and the future for this research is bright with opportunity.

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