Taking off from Harvard Yard: Flight of the RoboBees

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Environmental activist Bill Talen wore his blond hair slicked back, a white priest’s collar poking out from under his black shirt. Gripping his megaphone, he led a choir of activists dressed as honeybees in a shout of “Honeybeelujah!” outside the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Inside, a team of Harvard researchers has been working to develop RoboBees, robotic insects that have multiple purposes — two of which are the focus of angry dissent. First, the tiny robots could be used to artificially pollinate crops at a time when the world’s bee population is facing a dire environmental threat. Second, the man-made bees could have military applications, such as in search and surveillance missions.

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Taking off from Harvard Yard: Flight of the RoboBees

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Environmental activist Bill Talen wore his blond hair slicked back, a white priest’s collar poking out from under his black shirt. Gripping his megaphone, he led a choir of activists dressed as honeybees in a shout of “Honeybeelujah!” outside the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Inside, a team of Harvard researchers has been working to develop RoboBees, robotic insects that have multiple purposes — two of which are the focus of angry dissent. First, the tiny robots could be used to artificially pollinate crops at a time when the world’s bee population is facing a dire environmental threat. Second, the man-made bees could have military applications, such as in search and surveillance missions.

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    …I actually think this concept is kind of delightful, and am imagining a sci-fi universe in which every farm has a hive...
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    Put a whole new meaning to killer bees.
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    This is scary and wrong and neonicotinoids need to be banned not any of this. but also this reminds me of the gods...
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    look Vlad, it’s happening
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    Interesting!
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