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February 05, 2014

Cyborg roaches

The self-powered cyborg COCKROACHES set to clean up our cities

It may sound like a terrifying science fiction baddie, but Japanese researchers have revealed the first cyborg cockroaches - and say they could help keep our cities clean.

The team created a radical new battery that creates energy from sugar in the insect's body.

They now hope to build giant 'swarms' of their cyber insects to create large sensor networks for chemicals and pollutants.

Osaka University and the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) co-developed the fuel cell, which measures 20 x 15mm and can be mounted on an insect.

They say the work will lead to forming a wireless sensor network with cyborg insects.

Posted by joke du jour at February 5, 2014 06:02 PM

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