The latest innovation from DARPA's Office of Creepy Technologies comes from Dr. Amit Lal, who wants to use controllable flying insects for surveillance missions. So far, his teams of engineers have managed to implant electrodes into moths during the pupa stage of early development, with minimal tissue damage. Video monitors show the insects as fully grown adults that can be induced to flap their wings in any direction. They're also working on a way to use the moth's living body—its movements and metabolism—as a power source for the implant's electronics.
DARPA's government-financed mad-science programs originate with managers like Dr. Lal.-Slate.com
Hat tip to my brother Ryan Z for this article from Slate.com titled I Want to Become a Mad Scientist.