Scientists built a robot that can hear through a dead locust’s ear


A team of scientists from Tel Aviv University succeeded in giving a robot the ability to hear sounds using the ear of a dead locust.

What? Seriously. A college press release highlighting the team’s work read this:

Researchers at Tel Aviv University report that they have successfully connected the ear of a dead locust to a robot that receives electrical signals from the ear and reacts accordingly. The result is extraordinary: when the researchers clap once, the locust’s ear hears the sound and the robot moves forward; when the researchers clap twice, the robot backs up.