Exploding cats and cyber-insects

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AlterNet readers are already intimate with some of the Pentagon's more Philip K. Dick-ian military projects, like the I-Got-You-Under-My-Skin Ray Gun already en route to Iraq.

Prometheus 6, commenting "Oh, THIS is how you spend the money you took from the poor?," points to the very latest Pentagon wet dream: the cyber-insect army. Yep, they're hoping to implant cocoon-stage butterflies with micro-systems that'll be absorbed into the growing butterfly, which can then "be remotely controlled to check out explosives and send transmissions."

Experts told the BBC some ideas were feasible but others seemed "ludicrous."

A similar scheme aimed at manipulating wasps failed when they flew off to feed and mate.
Xeni Jardin writes: "sheesh, I guess for some global superpowers, Insectobots (pictured above) toys just aren't good enough."

Prometheus 6 goes on to list the illustrious history of animals in warfare:
WWII: Attach a bomb to a cat and drop it from a dive-bomber on to Nazi ships. The cat, hating water, will "wrangle" itself on to enemy ship's deck. In tests cats became unconscious in mid-air

WWII: Attach incendiaries to bats. Induce hibernation and drop them from planes. They wake up, fly into factories etc and blow up. Failed to wake from hibernation and fell to death

Vietnam War: Dolphins trained to tear off diving gear of Vietcong divers and drag them to interrogation. Later, syringes placed on dolphin flippers to inject carbon dioxide into divers, who explode. About 40 divers thought to have been killed
(Prometheus6, BoingBoing)

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