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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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Drones, Scanners and GPS All Part of 'Precision Farming' Arsenal

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AFP (June 29, 2014) — Aerial drones, infrared scanning and cloud computing aren't the first things you'd associate with farming, but they're all among the technologies being used on the cutting edge of US agriculture. Duration: 02:52 Video provided by AFP
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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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Robots Arrive on the Farm, Replace Human Hands

Robots Arrive on the Farm, Replace Human Hands

AP (July 15, 2013) — Robots and computers are already replacing workers in factories and offices. Now engineers are developing intelligent machines to do farm work and help ease a worsening labor shortage on American farms.
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