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Robot bees

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For a while now, honey bee populations around the world have been in decline. If they disappear completely, the planet’s ecosystems would be in trouble. Just in case this happens, three scientists from Harvard University are creating a swarm of robot bees that would pollinate flowers.

The team leader said:

“In 2009 the three of us began to seriously consider what it would take to create a robotic bee colony. We wondered if mechanical bees could replicate not just an individual’s behavior but the unique behavior that emerges out of interactions among thousands of bees. We have now created the first RoboBees—flying bee-size robots—and are working on methods to make thousands of them cooperate like a real hive.”

In theory, along with pollinating flowers, the robo-bees could also be used for search and rescue, exploration, climate mapping and traffic monitoring.

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This entry was posted on April 18, 2013 by in Weird nature, Weird technology.

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