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Aerial Robot Flits Like a Hummingbird, Reports Back to DARPA Like a Stool Pigeon

DARPA has a fancy new spy drone that looks almost exactly like a hummingbird (provided you don't get too close to it). The tiny robot is able to zip through the sky, performing feats of aerial acrobatics similar to what an actual hummingbird is capable. The hope is that, when deployed, it won't draw much attention and will be able to find a perch near a potential target. The current version can stay aloft for eight minutes -- not enough for long range missions, but plenty of juice for urban espionage.

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