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UNIVERSITY IN AUSTRALIA HAS ROBOTIC BEES IN ITS SIGHTS TO POLLINATE PLANTS

THE HUMBLE BUMBLE BEE IS TO BECOME ROBOTIC SAY QUEENSLAND SCIENTISTS

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Bees have long been renowned in the scientific world as one of the most efficient flying machines on Earth.

ARNOLD S. ……….MEET ‘THE POLLINATOR’

Now, in what may seem like science-fiction, University of Queensland researchers have studied their flight patterns in virtual reality in a bid to develop insect-sized robots.

”We are thinking this can be applied to robotics for very small flying robots,” PhD student Gavin Taylor said. ”If we had small flying robots, potentially they could act as pollinators, because bees are in global decline. But they could also be used for other things, such as in search-and-rescue flights.”

As part of the world-first Queensland Brain Institute study, Mr Taylor and other researchers tethered t...

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