With the alarming decline in the honey bee population sweeping our globe, fear of the multi-billion dollar crop industry collapsing has been on many people’s minds. To tackle this issue, Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has been working with staff from the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Northeastern University’s Department of Biology to develop robot bees. And according to a new video just released, these insectoid automatons have already taken flight.
The collaborators envision that the Nature-inspired research could lead to a greater understanding of how to artificially mimic the collective behavior and “intelligence” of a bee colony; foster novel methods for designing and building an electronic surrogate nervous system able to deftly sense and adapt to changing environments; and advance work on the construction of small-scale flying mechanical devices.
More broadly, the scientists anticipate the devices will open up a wide range of discoveries and practical innovations, advancing fields ranging from entomology and developmental biology to amorphous computing and electrical engineering.
A Bike Intermodal pesa 7,5 quilos e tem como objetivo principal incentivar as pessoas a deslocarem-se de velocípede, tornando, assim, as cidades mais ecológicas.
Este facto é possível, uma vez que a bicicleta pode ser facilmente tranportada numa mala de 50 centímetros x 40 centímetros x 15 centímetros e evita roubos. Além disso, todas as peças que compõem o veículo são recicláveis, o que permite a sua reutilização.
Every year, students from across the U.S. compete in Purdue University's Rube Goldberg Machine contest. This year's winners were invited to Jimmy Kimmel Live to present their 75-step zipper-zipping contraption – the first Rube Goldberg Machine in the competition's 31-year history to put a human inside the machine.
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