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US Navy Develops Unmanned 'Cannon-dropping' Drones - INFORMATION NIGERIA

The US Navy is developing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, that can be launched from a cannon and “swarm” in a co-ordinated attack. BBC …

Cyborg Cockroaches: How They Work

A tiny backpack turns a pest into a rescue robot<p>Disasters can bury survivors in unstable rubble. Finding those victims may one day fall to small robots--but living insects enhanced with electronic parts could do the same job sooner. In 2012, researchers at North Carolina State University steered …

The Navy Wants Anti-Drone Lasers On Trucks

GBAD news for drones<p>The Navy is building a system of trucks that will fight drones with lasers, and they’re advertising them with all the thrill and excitement of a second-quarter earnings report. The “Ground-Based Air Defense Directed Energy On-the-Move” weapons program, or GBAD for short, puts a …

The human touch is optional in robot wars

Your editorial (Weapons systems are becoming autonomous entities. Human beings must take responsibility, 14 April) argues that killer robots should always remain under human control, because robots can never be morally responsible.<p>This may not be true if and when we create machines whose cognitive …

Are good video games like novels and films?

New research suggests video games aren’t getting enough credit.<p>In a study of people’s experiences with video games, players indicated that they not …

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NASA Tests Cartoonish Flying Wing Drone

Putting the "aeronautic" back in NASA<p>NASA’s Multi-Utility Technology Testbed (MUTT) looks like a kid’s cartoon drawing of an airplane crossed with a stingray, and it comes with the appropriately pet-esque moniker “Buckeye.” The remotely operated flying wing drone will test how wobbly parts work on …

How maple syrup could improve antibiotics

A concentrated extract of maple syrup makes disease-causing bacteria more susceptible to antibiotics, according to laboratory experiments.<p>The …

Medicine