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Russians using Tortoises as Spies

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#1 Guest_omare_*

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Posted 30 December 2005 - 07:55 PM

[updated:LAST EDITED ON 30-12-05 AT 08:01 PM (GMT)]Did anyone read the Daily Mail yesterday and see an article by Will Stewart titled "Double Slow 7". Can't find a link to the newspaper itself but this is what it says...The Russians have unveiled their latest weapon in the high-tech world of espionage, the tortoise. Moscow scientists have turned the slowest of reptiles into a "bio-robot" capable of penetrating secret sites with a camera attached to it's back. For a nation famed for sophisticated bugging devices,invisible ink and sexual honeytraps, it may seem like something of a backward step. But Kremlin advisers insist that,for certain kinds of missions, Agent Tortoise is the perfect spy. Typical targets would be a suspected nuclear facility under construction in a hostile country,new buildings at a navel port or a remote military installation. The mission for Agent Tortoise would be to beam back ground level images that would be impossible for satellite based spy cameras to capture. In a series of experiments, which may shock animal rights campaigners, the tortoises have emerged as superior to pigeons and rats, which were also auditioned as spies. Pigeons turned out to be poor learners and rats needed to much food, said Professor Alexksay Burikov who carried out the research at Rostov State University in southern Russia. The Tortoise has many advantages by comparison, it can live without food and water for long periods and carry loads far exceeding it's own weight. It can also survive high temperatures,radiation and magnetic fields, it is a smart animal. The scientists, who included biologists,attached microchips to the tortoises with electrodes fitted to their brains. The controller would then send a signal causing varying vibrations which lead the reptile left, right,or straight on. A different signal would prompt it to stop. The results have been impressive-the tortoises generally obey the orders, said another scientist working on the project. Sensors could be attached to the tortoises to monitor chemical or radioactive pollution ahead of troops being sent in after a catastrophe. It would also be technically possible for tortoises to carry small mines or explosives,it is claimed. Equally, they could be used for more humane purposes, like searching for signs of life in the aftermath of a disaster. Scientists even claim that the tortoises could be dropped by parachute into hostile sites. Our research is complete,said Burikov, it is very likely that our technology will be applied in the millitary sphere though I cannot give details about this.


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Posted 31 December 2005 - 07:57 PM

Thanks for posting it Omare, that is soooo gross, it makes me very sad to think these animals are the next in line to be "experimented" on, what next eh, it's a sad sad world when they have to do this.:( :( :(

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Posted 01 January 2006 - 02:06 PM

omg i cant believe tht puttin electrical impulses in their brains, thts soo cruel, i hate it when animals like these are exploited just cos of their own good nature. in the year 2006 im sure they could build machines or sumthin to do this not use living creatures :-( :'(

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