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Inspired by the biology of insects like bees, a research team at Harvard’s school of engineering and applied science is developing man-made robotic bees that could play a key role in the future, the Robobees.

A Robobee measures about half of a paper clip, weights less than a tenth of a gram and flies using artificial muscles comprised of materials that contract when a voltage is applied. Rotary motors, gears, nuts or bolds cannot be used on such a scale, as even small amount of turbulence would cause the Robobee to fall off. The robot includes various smart sensors like a vision or a UV sensor to move around its environment. The problem is that the robot is even too small to carry the tiniest microchips, meaning that the Robobee cannot take decisions on its own. It has to transmit the collected data aver a wire to a computer for interpretation. One of the final goals in the development of the Robobee will be to make them fly in a swarm.

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Page of Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering sbout the Robobees:

Scientific Report in the Science Journal:

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Apple stands in front of a really hard decision: To do or not do? Remove the headphone jack from the upcoming iPhone or keep it?
The struggle could be real for many of Apple's iPhone 7 buyers: They would have to buy additional adapters to connect their "old" headphones or buy new ones.
On the other side it could also bring many positive benefits: Apple could finally make the iPhone waterproof and make it slimer...

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NASA launched some weeks ago its programm to developp new X-Planes that will consume half the fuel and make less noise than current aircrafts. Now they also revealed their plans to build an electric X-Plane:

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Harvard researchers are developping tiny, robotic bees that could help in search and rescue missions or pollinating crops.
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