The future of spying?

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By Natalie Angley, CNN.

(CNN) — It’s no James Bond. But then again, 007 probably couldn’t patrol the ocean depths, in disguise, for hours at a time.

Meet Cyro, the robotic jellyfish.

Designed by a team of researchers at Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering, the robot is 5 feet, 7 inches wide and weighs 170 pounds but is stealthy enough to one day be used as an underwater spy for the military.

Cyro is part of a nationwide, multi-university $5 million project funded by U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center and the Office of Naval Research.

The goal is to create self-powering, autonomous robots that could be used for underwater surveillance or to monitor the ocean environment.

“We are trying to get it as close as possible to the natural animal,” said Alex Villanueva, a Virginia Tech doctoral student in mechanical engineering. “The way it looks, the way it moves, the…

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