Borg birds fly right--and left

Scientists from China have installed a computer chip into a pigeon?s brain, allowing the bird to be remote controlled.

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Alfred Hitchcock must be kicking himself. Scientists from the Robot Engineering Technology Research Centre at Shandong University in China have installed a computer chip into a pigeon's brain, allowing the bird to be remote controlled.

The chip is connected to the brain with hair-thin electrodes implanted in key brain locations. Scientists then use a computer to order the bird to fly right or left and up or down.

The research is "military and intelligence" related, paralleling similar work by scientists with "Swiss Armyhoming pigeons" and sharks by the US Navy.

The Chinese scientists have successfully implanted similar electrodes in rats, mice and monkeys. No worries; they're still on the menu.

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