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Air Force Eyes Micromachine Bugs That Can Spy

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Carbon-fiber tobacco moth wing

Carbon-fiber tobacco moth wing created by Maj. Ryan O'Hara flaps 30 times per second and was photographed using a strobe light.

Credit: Noah Adams / NPR

At the Wright–Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, some Ph.D. candidates are working on micro air vehicles, or tiny flying machines that are remotely piloted. The micromachines are often "bio-inspired"—study a bird or an insect and then build one.

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