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Angela Chen Angela Chen Sep 06, 2017. 6 comments

Scientist Wants to Engineer Locusts Into Remote-Controlled Bomb Detectors

Scientist Wants to Engineer Locusts Into Remote-Controlled Bomb Detectors

Locusts contain multitudes. Though traditionally associated with Biblical plagues that destroy crops, it turns out they could have a second career as remote-controlled cyborgs that sniff out explosives. This possibility is only slightly less terrifying .

Most animals have a better sense of smell than human, and dogs (and sometimes rats) have long been used to find bombs. Locusts have a few...

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Bryan Lufkin Bryan Lufkin Dec 23, 2015. 1 comments

This Locust Robot Jumps 11 Feet High and Could Scour Disaster Zones

This Locust Robot Jumps 11 Feet High and Could Scour Disaster Zones

Locusts get a bad rap—noise and plagues!—but they’ve inspired Israeli engineers to make bug-like robots that could be a godsend in emergencies.

A team at Tel Aviv University has developed a five-inch long, locust-inspired robot that weighs an ounce and jumps a whopping 11 feet high and 4.5 feet wide. Their findings were published last month in the journal Bioinspiration & Biomimetics. Given...

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