We heard this week’s Friday Insect Video at the end of an interesting news segment reported by the BBC. It’s the Bumble Boogie, a take on the classical music piece “Flight of the Bumble Bee” by B. Bumble and the Stingers.
Now what is the news story that also caught our attention? Harvard scientists are studying the flight patterns and abilities of bumble bees to adjust to changing wind and flying conditions to build better flying vehicles.
A different article explains more about the effort to build robotic insects and small unmanned flying vehicles at Harvard. “Eventually the researchers hope the Robobee could be released in swarms to efficiently pollenate a crop. But also serve as tiny drones for everything from search and rescue missions, to covert surveillance, to just keeping an eye on traffic conditions.”