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eating bugs

Get ready to eat bugs! No, seriously…

September 2nd, 2020

With climate change and a booming population, humans may soon need an alternative food source. A team of researchers argues that bugs — specifically the yellow mealworm — is the ideal candidate for commercial harvesting. Mealworms are high in protein and could be used as an additive in various foods. The world’s human population is …

mayflower autonomous ship

An autonomous Mayflower is about to sail the Atlantic

August 25th, 2020

An autonomous ship named the Mayflower will attempt a journey across the Atlantic in early 2021. The solar-powered ship will be steered by artificial intelligence.  Autonomous ships of the future could be used for shipping goods or military applications. The Mayflower brought pilgrims to the “New World” exactly 400 years ago. It was a historic …

ant robots

These tiny robots tackle tasks in groups, just like insects

July 11th, 2019

On its own, a single ant can only accomplish so much, but you toss it into the mix with a couple hundred of its peers and suddenly the capabilities of the group are exponentially greater than the sum of its parts. Could the same be true of robots? Some robotics researchers think so, and a …

robot taste

Scientists invent a robot that can taste with its fingers

June 27th, 2019

As the relentless march of technology continues unabated, robots have grown more and more complex. They’re capable of mimicking humans with increasing accuracy, but there are still a few things that set us apart from our mechanical creations. Sure, robots can touch, see, and hear, but what about taste? A team of researchers from UC …

police drone

Trusty law enforcement drone helps nab hostage taker in California

February 26th, 2019

Drones have become big sellers in hobbyist circles and prices on them are now low enough that just about anyone with the desire to fly one can pick up a decent quadcopter for a reasonable cost. But drones aren’t just recreational in nature, and law enforcement agencies have begun to adopt them in greater numbers. …

nasa moon payload

NASA wants you to make stuff it can send to the Moon

October 20th, 2018

As we’ve known for several months now, NASA is headed back to the Moon. The administration will be sending all manner of instruments to the lunar surface to study the natural satellite in greater detail, as well as prepare for the eventual return of a manned mission to the Moon. Now, with a rough schedule …