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Wierd Science ...

I was reading one of my favorite blogs (Zooillogix) and saw a really interesting article about scientists learning how to "control" the flight of moths.

While attempting to design "insect inspired micro aircraft" some scientists decided to look at insects themselves and see if, instead, they could simply control their flight patterns.

Scientists Aram J. Chung and David Erickson implanted Tobacco hornworm pupae with microfluid devices. The devices inject the moths with different kinds of venom (insect, spider, and synthetic insecticides). They found that they could affect the metabolisms of insects by injecting them with various amounts of different venoms. By controlling the metabolism they could control the speed at which they flapped their wings - thus if they only affected one side of the animal they could direct it into turns and effectively "drive" the animal wherever they wanted.



Insane. These were the sorts of experiments that we learned about in my biological clocks class that broke me from any ideas that I wanted to work in a lab. Though I have to admit I find it fascinating to read about.

I must agree with the writers at zooillogix that concluded their post with the following:

    Chung and Erickson then designed a new microfluid device, one that injected themselves with large amounts of alcohol in order to erase the memories and feelings of immorality associated with outfitting larval creatures with devices that inject them with different kinds of venom. It's a vicious cycle, really.


*snicker* Yep ... that is why I read their blog.

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sartorias
Sep. 17th, 2009 12:50 pm (UTC)
lol!
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