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Aerial Engineers Seek Inspiration From Slo Mo Hummingbirds

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October 1, 2013
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Researchers at Stanford University are looking to one of nature's most agile creatures - the hummingbird - for design tips as they build the next generation of aerial search and rescue vehicles. Using high-speed cameras, the engineers are slowing down time to study the birds in flight. Ben Gruber reports.


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CBC (Mar. 6, 2013) Most people have experienced the compulsion to seek out and consume a favorite packaged snack food. CBC health reporter Kelly Crowe explores how and why.
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Ivanhoe (May 1, 2013) Two million couples seek help for infertility each year. But before you spend thousands of dollars at the doctor's office, you may want to try these simple tips, proven to help you get pregnant.
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Cheetah Robot a Model of Speed and Efficiency

Cheetah Robot a Model of Speed and Efficiency

Reuters (May 21, 2013) The cheetah is not only the world's fastest land animal, it is also one of the most energy efficient, expending only what it needs to survive. It's that efficiency that engineers at MIT are working to emulate in a robotic cheetah, already clocked as the second fast robot ever developed.
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