[lit-ideas] Speaking of weapons technology...

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  • Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2006 14:37:57 EST

_Click here:  Israel developing anti-militant "bionic hornet" - Yahoo! News_ 
JERUSALEM (Reuters) -  
_Israel_ (http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/news/?p=Israel)  is using 
nanotechnology to try  to create a robot no bigger than a hornet that would be 
to chase,  photograph and kill its targets, an Israeli newspaper reported on 
The flying robot, nicknamed the "bionic hornet," would be able  to navigate 
its way down narrow alleyways to target otherwise unreachable  enemies such as 
rocket launchers, the daily Yedioth Ahronoth said.
It is one of several weapons being developed by scientists to combat  
militants, it said. Others include super gloves that would give the user the  
strength of a "bionic man" and miniature sensors to detect suicide bombers. 
The research integrates nanotechnology into Israel's security department and  
will find creative solutions to problems the army has been unable to address, 
 Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres told Yedioth Ahronoth. 
"The war in Lebanon proved that we need smaller weaponry. It's illogical to  
send a plane worth $100 million against a suicidal terrorist. So we are 
building  futuristic weapons," Peres said. 
The 34-day war in Lebanon ended with a U.N.-brokered ceasefire in mid-August. 
 The war killed more than 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and 157 Israelis, 
 mostly soldiers. 
Prototypes for the new weapons are expected within three years, he said. 

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