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July 8, 2019 | Source: Science Daily; sciencedaily.com; Hui-Juan Zhan, et al; University of Science and Technology of China; 6 June 2019
A Polar-Bear-Inspired Material for Heat Insulation
For polar bears, the insulation provided by their fat, skin, and fur is a matter of survival in the frigid Arctic. For engineers, polar bear hair is a dream template for synthetic...
Survivability and Vulnerability
July 5, 2019 | Source: New Scientist, newscientist.com, Donna Lu, 26 June 2019
Four-Winged Flying Insect Robot Weighs Under a Gram
Solar-powered winged robot has become the lightest machine capable of flying without being attached to a power source. Weighing just 259 milligrams, the insect-inspired RoboBee X-...
July 1, 2019 | Source: Science Daily, sciencedaily.com, University of Munster, 8 May 2019
Step Towards Light-Based, Brain-Like Computing Chip
Scientists have succeeded in developing a piece of hardware which could pave the way for creating computers resembling the human brain. They produced a chip containing a network...
May 20, 2019 | Source: Purdue University, purdue.edu, Kayla Wiles & Xinyan Deng, 9 May 2019
Hummingbird Robot Using AI to Go Soon Where Drones Can’t
What can fly like a bird and hover like an insect? Your friendly neighborhood hummingbirds. If drones had this combo, they would be able to maneuver better through collapsed...
09/09/2019 - 00:00 | Source: The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures, and Intelligent Systems (SMASIS)
Adaptive structures and materials systems by definition are intelligent, flexible systems that sense and respond to ever-changing environments. The field has rapidly matured due...
January 10, 2019 | Source: Military & Aerospace Electronics, militaryaerospace.com, John Keller, 7 July 2018
DARPA Eyes Tiny Insects as Models for Advanced SWaP-Constrained Artificial Intelligence (AI) Computing
ARLINGTON, Va. – U.S. military researchers are drawing on the evolution very small flying insects to improve artificial intelligence (AI) computing with reduced training times,...
December 17, 2018 | Source: Business Insider, nordic.businessinsider.com, Sten Lock, 29 May 2018
Reykjavik University Achieves Holy Grail of Airborne Technology-Drone That Looks and Flies Like a Bird
Drones are all the rage these days, but the technology still has its limitations. Drones can be noisy and easily spotted, which makes them difficult to use for surveillance...
Survivability and Vulnerability
November 19, 2018 | Source: UCLA Engineering, engineering.ucla.edu, 23 Feb 2018, UCLA News Staff
Inspired by Nature: Design for New Electrode Could Boost Supercapacitors’ Performance
Engineers from the University of California at Los Angeles ( UCLA), four other universities produce nanoscale device that mimics the structure of tree branches. Mechanical...
November 5, 2018 | Source: IEEE Spectrum, spectrum.ieee.org, Evan Ackerman, 15 May 2018
Laser-Powered Robot Insect Achieves Lift-Off
Everything is better with lasers, especially tiny robot insects. For robots of all sizes, power is a fundamental problem. Any robot that moves is constrained in one way or another...
October 8, 2018 | Source: U.S. Army, arl.army.mil, 15 Mar 2018, ARL Public Affairs
Scientists Mimic Neural Tissue in Army-Funded Research
"Enabling a breakthrough in robotic augmentation of high-tempo military maneuver and operations requires disrupting the notion of an intelligent system as a rigid multi-body...