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This Insect-Sized Flying Robot Is Powered by Lasers

In 1989, two MIT artificial intelligence researchers made a terrifying prediction. “Within a few years,” wrote Rodney Brooks and Anita Flynn, “it will be possible at modest cost to invade a planet with millions of tiny robots.” Their paper “Fast, Cheap and out of Control: A Robot Invasion of the ...

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There’s No One Way to Explain How Flying Works

Let’s be clear—airplanes are complicated. Sure, it’s entirely possible to get a piece of paper and fold it in a particular way so that it flies. But the physics of flight isn’t trivial. It’s even harder to give an explanation of the forces on a flying aircraft in a short ...

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How Low-Cost Airlines Alter the Economics of Flying

For more than three years, the average one-way fare between Detroit and Philadelphia never dipped below $ 308, and sometimes moved higher, topping $ 385 at one point. But then, early in 2016, fares suddenly started to fall, according to data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. By the end ...

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Neva’s AirQuadOne Is Your New Best Bet for a Flying Car

The Paris Airshow kicks off Monday, offering the denizens of the aviation world their biennial chance to gather round. They’ll ogle the latest aerospace innovations, close deals for defense drones, and check out private jets. Airbus and Boeing will go head-to-head over over sales numbers as aircraft new and old—including ...

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China Tech Investment Flying Under the Radar, Pentagon Warns

HONG KONG — China is investing in Silicon Valley start-ups with military applications at such a rapid rate that the United States government needs tougher controls to stem the transfer of some of America’s most promising technologies, a Pentagon report says. There are few restrictions on investing in American start-ups ...

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Giant flying reptile ruled ancient Transylvania

New research suggests that a giant pterosaur — a toothless flying reptile with a 10 metre wingspan — may have been the dominant predator in ancient Romania. Palaeontologists examined the creature’s unusual gigantic neck vertebra and believe it was a formidable carnivore and major predator that terrorised dinosaurs and other ...

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Why Flying Home for the Holidays Might Be Greener Than Driving

This story originally appeared on Mother Jones and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. In July, British tabloid the Daily Mail came out with a screaming headline: “EXCLUSIVE: Video shows Hillary Clinton boarding private jet just hours after launching global-warming push.” Clinton’s strategy to slash carbon dioxide emissions, the Mail gleefully reported, didn’t preclude ...

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