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Pentagon mulling 'stealth sharks' to patrol the seas
AFP (Breitbart.com) ^ | 03/01/2006 | Staff Writer

Posted on 03/01/2006 1:44:38 PM PST by mattdono

The Pentagon is reportedly funding research into neural implants with the ultimate hope of turning sharks into "stealth spies" capable of gliding undetected through the ocean.

According to the British weekly New Scientist, the research builds on experimental work to control animals by implanting tiny electrodes in their brain, which are then stimulated to induce a behavioral response.

"The Pentagon hopes to exploit sharks' natural ability to glide quietly through the water, sense delicate electrical gradients and follow chemical trails," says the report, carried in next Saturday's New Scientist.

"By remotely guiding the sharks' movements they hope to transform the animals into stealth spies, perhaps capable of following vessels without being spotted."

The unusual project is being funded by the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which pioneered the Internet as a platform for robust communications.

Scientists involved in the scheme presented their work last week at a meeting on Ocean Sciences in Honolulu, Hawaii, according to the report.

A team at Boston University have implanted electrodes into the brain of a spiny dogfish in a shallow tank.

The implants, controlled by a small radio transmitter, stimulate either the right or left side of a brain area dedicated to smell, causing the fish to flick around in that direction in response to the signal.

The next step will be to take this device outside the laboratory. Blue sharks implanted with the gadget are to be released off the coast of Florida.

As radio signals will not penetrate the sea, communications with the fish will be made through US Navy acoustic towers capable of sending sonar signals to a shark up to 300 kilometers (187 miles) away.

Other DARPA-funded researchers are working on using implants to record brain activity in sharks in order to understand which neurons are fired by scents, electrical or magnetic fields.

These signals help the fish to navigate and offer the reward of food, and could thus in theory be manipulated for surveillance work.

New Scientist says the DARPA work is controversial, but also points out that work with animal implants also has a potential benefit for medicine.

Understanding more about the brain's electrical signals could one day result in implants to control a prosthetic limb to overcome paralysis.


TOPICS: Government; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: tinfoil
I swear. The New Scientist must be being run by Cindy Sheehan.
1 posted on 03/01/2006 1:44:40 PM PST by mattdono
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To: mattdono
"Could someone just get me some sharks with friggin' lasers"


2 posted on 03/01/2006 1:46:33 PM PST by mattdono (The New 'Rat math: 0.0000017% = Vast Wiretapping of "Americans" Riiiggghhhhtttt...)
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To: mattdono

>>Pentagon mulling 'stealth sharks' to patrol the seas<<

The navy is contemplating hiring more attorneys?


3 posted on 03/01/2006 1:47:17 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Peace Begins in the Womb)
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To: mattdono
No one in here but us sharks.

4 posted on 03/01/2006 1:47:36 PM PST by evets (God bless president Bush!)
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To: mattdono

I'm sorry, but this is just to weird for me. Sounds way too much like playing God.


5 posted on 03/01/2006 1:49:00 PM PST by frankiep
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To: frankiep

Actually, I think it sounds too much like the people at The New Scientist playing "scientist" with certain chemicals...then inhaling them.


6 posted on 03/01/2006 1:50:07 PM PST by mattdono (The New 'Rat math: 0.0000017% = Vast Wiretapping of "Americans" Riiiggghhhhtttt...)
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To: mattdono

7 posted on 03/01/2006 1:50:13 PM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: mattdono

,,, I'm concerned that this could influence the three sequels.

8 posted on 03/01/2006 1:50:30 PM PST by shaggy eel
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To: mattdono

Somewhere a shark sits in an aquatic psychiatric ward screaming at the top of his lungs that "the CIA put implants in my brain to control my behaviors!"


9 posted on 03/01/2006 1:51:45 PM PST by Walkingfeather
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To: blackie; Terriergal

,,, will the sharks qualify for military pensions? PETA's on the line and they want an answer.


10 posted on 03/01/2006 1:52:10 PM PST by shaggy eel
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To: PBRSTREETGANG
LOOK OUT!


11 posted on 03/01/2006 1:53:11 PM PST by SquirrelKing (Contrary to popular belief, America is not a democracy, it is a Chucktatorship.)
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To: mattdono

I think I saw that movie! Wasn't it called "Deep Blue Sea" and it starred Samuel L. Jackson & Thomas Jane. Cr@ppy movie, BTW.


12 posted on 03/01/2006 1:53:44 PM PST by Tallguy (When it's a bet between reality and delusion, bet on reality -- Mark Steyn)
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To: concordKIWI; ErnBatavia

,,, shark fin soup ping. "Ya want electrodes with that?"


13 posted on 03/01/2006 1:54:05 PM PST by shaggy eel
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To: SquirrelKing

14 posted on 03/01/2006 1:55:30 PM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: mattdono; aculeus; dighton; Lijahsbubbe; martin_fierro
"By remotely guiding the sharks' movements they hope to transform the animals into stealth spies, perhaps capable of following vessels without being spotted."

Give me a fin...

One fin only, please.

15 posted on 03/01/2006 1:58:12 PM PST by Thinkin' Gal (As it was in the days of NO...)
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To: mattdono
How can this be " Stealth " or Secret Spying " now that it is reported in the news and everyone knows about it now ?
Classified means,, well ? classified.
I guess the MSM and liberals can't want to get any kind of classified material or sensitive classified secrets out there so our enemies will know about it.
16 posted on 03/01/2006 1:59:01 PM PST by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM 53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart , There is no GOD .)
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To: mattdono

17 posted on 03/01/2006 1:59:11 PM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: mattdono
Ask and ye shall receive.


18 posted on 03/01/2006 2:00:59 PM PST by Centurion2000 (Islam's true face: http://makeashorterlink.com/?J169127BC)
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To: Tallguy

19 posted on 03/01/2006 2:01:59 PM PST by Checkers (Mort Kondracke: "Kennedy has been character assassinating Judicial nominees since...Haynesworth.")
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To: Checkers
"IN DEEP BLUE SEA, A (bleep)ING SHARK ATE ME!"
20 posted on 03/01/2006 2:04:02 PM PST by Checkers (Mort Kondracke: "Kennedy has been character assassinating Judicial nominees since...Haynesworth.")
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To: mattdono

21 posted on 03/01/2006 2:05:49 PM PST by AirForceBrat23
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To: Thinkin' Gal

Mr. Prescili. (sp?)


22 posted on 03/01/2006 2:16:54 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (and miles to go before I sleep.)
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To: Tallguy

Heah I saw it last night and it sch-tunk.

By the way what happens when the shark desides to take a snack break in the middle of an operation?


23 posted on 03/01/2006 2:22:01 PM PST by beaver fever
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To: mattdono
Government scientists releases blue sharks with neural implants...what could possibly go wrong....this time....

Blue sharks are the ones they are telling us about.....

I like the part where Darpa says they can follow chemical trails.....

HA!...but can they follow these?....

24 posted on 03/01/2006 2:34:39 PM PST by joesnuffy (A camel once bit our sister..but we knew just what to do...we gathered rocks and squashed her!)
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To: shaggy eel

Why not!! :):)


25 posted on 03/01/2006 3:12:09 PM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: AirForceBrat23

"Candy-gram?"


26 posted on 03/01/2006 3:21:31 PM PST by Checkers (Mort Kondracke: "Kennedy has been character assassinating Judicial nominees since...Haynesworth.")
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To: shaggy eel; blackie

Nah, they just get shipped to expensive seafood restaurants when they are no longer functional.


27 posted on 03/01/2006 5:23:56 PM PST by Terriergal ("My conscience is captive to the word of God...here I stand. I can do no other. So help me God." ML)
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To: Terriergal; shaggy eel

Sharkskin soup. :):)


28 posted on 03/02/2006 9:40:10 AM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Terriergal; shaggy eel

Oops ~ I meant shark-fin not sharkskin ~ there is a difference. :):):)


29 posted on 03/02/2006 9:41:48 AM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: blackie; shaggy eel

Yeah one is chewier.


30 posted on 03/02/2006 4:56:28 PM PST by Terriergal ("My conscience is captive to the word of God...here I stand. I can do no other. So help me God." ML)
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To: shaggy eel

better than forehead sweat! Remember that?


31 posted on 03/09/2006 3:44:12 PM PST by concordKIWI
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To: mattdono

32 posted on 03/09/2006 3:48:39 PM PST by csvset
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To: concordKIWI

,,, yep!


33 posted on 03/09/2006 3:56:56 PM PST by shaggy eel
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To: shaggy eel

Yuck!


34 posted on 03/09/2006 3:57:47 PM PST by concordKIWI
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