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The Navy's New Robot Looks and Swims Just Like a Shark

The American military does a lot of work in the field of biomimicry, stealing designs from nature for use in new technology. After all, if you're …

Researchers Teach A Robot To Catch Flying Objects Like Yogi Berra

When the robot uprising begins, don’t try to take on our new overlords by throwing assorted household items at them.<p>It won’t work, man. <i>IT WON’T WORK.</i><p>Meet Ultra-fast, a robotic arm built by researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute Of Technology In Lausanne. By analyzing an object’s shape and …

Mysterious Radio Burst Captured In Real-Time For First Time Ever

Ever since astronomers first detected a strange flash of radio waves in 2007, they have been scratching their heads over what these so-called "fast radio bursts" might be and where they come from.<p>Now, an international team of researchers say they're one step closer to solving the mystery, after …

Solar Impulse 2 plane set for round-the-world flight

The plans have been set for the solar-powered plane, Solar Impulse 2, to take off from Abu Dhabi and then fly around the globe using only the sun's energy.<p>With a wingspan of 72m (236ft), Solar Impulse 2 is the width of a Boeing 747, but weighs about the same as a large car.<p>Its predecessor, Solar …

This Tilt-Rotor Aircraft Could Be The Future Of The US Army's Helicopter Fleet

One possible model for future combat aircraft can take off and land vertically, and then fly like a traditional airplane.<p>Bell's V-280, which combines a combat helicopter's fuselage with tilt-rotors, would basically be a Black Hawk that can adjust its thrust to fly like a fixed-wing aircraft once …