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Russian Scientist Turns Tortoises Into Spy Robots
Russian scientists have devised a way to recruit tortoises to serve the intelligence services, the NTV channel reported Wednesday. A professor from Rostov-on-Don says he can turn the animals into biological robots and train them for defense purposes.
Aleksei Burikov, head of the biology department at Rostov-on-Don State Pedagogical University, attaches special devices to the tortoise’s shell. The device makes the animal move in one or another direction or stop for a while through vibrations, thus forcing the tortoise to follow orders from humans.
Adding a small camera fixed to the tortoise’s shell allows the scientist to watch on the monitor what is happening around the tortoise’s location.
“Monitoring can be conducted both for environmental and defense purposes,” he added.