Researchers Create Remote-Controlled Moth

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Researchers from North Carolina State University (NCSU) have created a cybernetic moth by implanting electrodes in the creature early in its life cycle. The implants allow the scientist to control the moth’s flight, as well as giving them insight into just how the creature flies.

One of the researchers, Dr. Alper Bozkurt, developed a technique for implanting the electrodes during the moth’s pupal stage, while it is still growing from a caterpillar into a moth.

The moth, an individual of the tobacco hornworm species (Manduca sexta), was connected to a platform which is suspended in the air by electromagnets, which gathered data from the electrodes. This data is composed of electromyographic signals, which are the signals used to control muscles, including those related to flight.

Researchers from North Carolina State University (NCSU) have created a cybernetic moth by implanting electrodes in the creature early in its life cycle. The implants allow the scientist to control the moth’s flight, as well as giving them insight into just how the creature flies.

According to Dr. Bozkurt, this information provides key information on how moths maneuver in mid-air: “By watching how the moth uses its wings to steer while in flight, and matching those movements with their corresponding electromyographic signals, we’re getting a much better understanding of how moths maneuver through the air.”

Dr. Bozkurt said the long-term goal is to potentially enable the use of moths as “biobots,” which could be used to aid in search and rescue operations.

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SOURCE: Science Recorder
Joe Chivers