DARPA Cometh


Defense Advanced Research Project Agency. They’re creating FrankenBugs. It’s all about s’curity so it’s gotta be okay, right?

So keep your swatters ready, but realize that the buzzing nuisance you flatten against the window pane may have been sending images and conversations home to the mother ship.

HI-MEMS (Hybrid Insect Micro-Electro-Mechanical System) insects are packing electronics, built into them from the embryonic stages, turning living creatures into agents of the Watchers–just a slightly new twist on insectoid robots that have been around for a long while, according to this WaPo article in my files from last fall.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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