jching87lin
at 08:21 AM Nov 26 2014
Drones // 

A photo of AVIC's GCS display booth. Sadly, no working version of the control station was present at Zhuhai 2014. The GCS is designed to be compatible with a wide array of UAVs.

AthertonKD
at 09:49 AM Nov 25 2014
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Drones, the monosyllabic catch-all for remote controlled unmanned aircraft, have become a striking symbol of modernity in the past decade. First as military scouts and assassins, then as delivery gimmicks and backyard toys, the simple category of craft captured the imagination of everyone clever enough to put the words “Game of Drones” together. But the history of drones goes back more than a century. This video, created by Mashable, captures a lot of that history in just nine minutes:

Mary Beth Griggs
at 06:57 AM Nov 21 2014
Robots // 

Watching the University of Oslo’s three-limbed robot squirm across the floor like a dismembered starfish brings to mind shudder-inducing flashbacks of Stargate SG-1. More particularly, visions of SG-1’s creepy-crawly nemesis, the Replicators, spider-like robots capable of well...replicating themselves...but also able to learn from their surroundings, adapt and generally tear apart entire worlds (or spaceships).

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 19:02 PM Nov 17 2014
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Here's a roundup of the week's top drone news: the military, commercial, non-profit, and recreational applications of unmanned aircraft.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 07:10 AM Nov 14 2014
Drones // 

Small, cheap drones make appealing cameramen for a variety of tasks -- from a research apparatus to a tourist's plaything. Light, unmanned aircraft, especially those piloted by amateurs, pose a new danger to the environment, however. What happens if a gust of wind or pilot error sends the drone into, say, a beautiful and delicate geothermal hot spring? The bio-drone, developed by researchers at NASA's Ames Research Center in California, is a biodegradable solution to this issue.

Kelsey D. Atherton
at 09:41 AM Nov 13 2014
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Years after capturing an American drone, Iran claims to have made its own version.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 09:24 AM Nov 12 2014
Robots // 

Roaches to the rescue? When the world crumbles around us (presumably due to nuclear holocaust), popular theory says that cockroaches will still keep going … and going … and going. Now scientists are trying to harness the humble bug's endurance to assist in disasters more immediate than the end of the world. 

 
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