• damaged robots test different limb combos to figure out how to keep walking forward or perform specified function
  • the algorithm could work on any robot with enough limbs or joints
  • aims to help injured robots adapt in dangerous emergency situations, such as finding survivors after an earthquake or putting out forest fires
  • Solar Impulse 2, the first solar airplane able to sustain flight at night with a pilot on board, took off from Abu Dhabi, heading east to Muscat.
  • The launch of the project was announced in November 2003, almost exactly a century after the Wright brothers’ historic flight
  • The plane went on its first test flights in 2010; it made the first night flight in the history of solar aviation, lasting more than 26 hours.
  • Researchers at University of Maryland have created series of drones named Raven that flaps its wings to fly
  • The ornithopter also has propellers to make tight turns and travel fast
  • A winged drone that could look discreetly like a bird might find its way into military service
  • Japanese researchers have developed a high-speed camera technology that can record at a rate of more than 1-trillion-frames-per-second
  • The technology called STAMP can capture movement at approx 28,000 miles/second
  • Currently STAMP cameras can acquire 25 sequential images; it's captured image electronic motion and lattice vibrations in a crystal of lithium niobate
  • Superconductor cooled with liquid nitrogen can "levitate" over a magnetic track
  • the remarkable properties of the superconducting material (Yttrium barium copper oxide) allows it to seemingly float both above and below the track.
  • Breakthrough in superconductor research first step in replacing less efficient conventional conductors
  • Australian researchers built a tractor beam that can push and pull objects 100 times farther than any other efforts
  • This could be used for removing pollutants from the air or for pulling undesirable particles from samples of materials
  • The new beam is based on heat and researchers say it could very easily be made much larger
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