Termite drones: Harvard unveils swarm construction robots – This is REAL Genius

Termites are fascinating creatures. They build complex, structurally sound hills metres high, despite having no real idea on an individual level what the thing will look like, and not being able to follow complex orders. they operate by a system known as Stigmergy – or environmental command. Essentially, the drone termite knows to pick up…

Meet “Chirocopter”: A drone that flies within swarms of bats

Wildlife biologists have designed a drone that can hover within swarms of bats as they zip across the nighttime sky. The drone is equipped with a microphone to record echolocation chirps and a thermal camera that can “see” bats’ body heat. The microphone is insulated with foam that allows it to pick up high-pitched chirps…

How WiFi Works On Planes

Why don’t cell phones work in airplanes? The short answer is that when you’re 35,000 feet in the air going 500 miles per hour, you’re just too far from a cell tower. But that got us thinking: how does wifi work in an airplane? Hi there! This is Amy for DNews, and the question “Why…

The Next Elon Musk

– Hey guys, this is Austin. And this is something a little different. Today’s story actually takes place on the other side of the country. Meet Joe Barnard, a rocket scientist who inspired by a certain aerospace company has started to develop his own self landing rocket just on a slightly different scale and with…

America’s Insane Plan for Nuclear Powered Planes

This episode of Real Engineering is brought to you by CuriosityStream, watch over 2,400 documentaries for free for 31 days at curiositystream.com/realengineering. Some crazy things happened during the Cold War. Dogs were put into orbit, bears were fired out of supersonic jets, and humans landed on the moon. Needless to say, humans were going through…

It’s Raining Drones! NASA drops 100 drones tiny enough to fit in your hand

MORE THAN 100 DRONES RAINED DOWN IN A SPINNING SWARM OVER BEAVER DAM AIRPARK, VIRGINIA, AS NASA RESEARCHERS TESTED NEW AUTONOMOUS DATA COLLECTORS. THE TEST FLIGHT CONSISTED OF FOUR LARGER DRONES, NICKNAMED HIVES, WHICH ARE EACH LOADED WITH MORE THAN 25 SMALLER DRONES. THESE SMALLER DRONES, MADE BY THE NAVY RESEARCH LAB, ARE CLOSE-IN COVERT…

Ep. 30 Tree-Climbing Goats, Counting Seals and the First Drone Jump | Twig Science Reporter

On this week’s news update– Scientists find a new way to count seals, the world’s first drone jump, and goats that climb trees! First up, scientists have been using a new way to estimate how many gray seals live along the coast of New England in the USA. For nearly one hundred years, gray seals…

Why Don’t Planes Fly Over Antarctica?

planes forget about trains and all the bills for a moment because our purview today is to slide up that weird little porthole window and other people in the seat behind it and peek out at the vast expanse of cloud and the wonderment of the atmosphere whilst trying to stare down at how impossibly…