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Approaching to autonomous controlling swarm of UAVs

(Science China Press) Formation control is a key yet fundamental step to the development of fully autonomous swarm control of UAVs. A recent research develops a new technique of controlling tightly formation UAVs, where the leading aircraft would introduce strong aerodynamical interference to the following flights. Show More Summary

Will this Aussie robot be Amazon's 'pick' of the bunch?

(Queensland University of Technology) It's the competition that could save Amazon.com billions in logistics -- and QUT's custom-built robot may be the winning solution.

How a job acquires a gender (and less authority if it's female)

"I'm not bossy, I'm the boss." So proclaims Beyoncé in a video in support of the #banbossy campaign. The campaign highlights how when little boys take charge, they're often praised for being a "leader." But when little girls do, they're more likely to be scolded for being too "bossy."

Quantum computing building blocks

For decades scientists have known that a quantum computer—a device that stores and manipulates information in quantum objects such as atoms or photons—could theoretically perform certain calculations far faster than today's computing schemes. Show More Summary

300 million-year-old 'modern' beetle from Australia reconstructed

He's Australian, around half a centimetre long, fairly nondescript, 300 million years old – and he's currently causing astonishment among both entomologists and palaeontologists. The discovery of a beetle from the late Permian period,...Show More Summary

Restoring Estonian alvar grasslands to save unique species

A huge project to return one of Europe’s most biodiverse habitats to its former glory is already seeing success. Julianna Photopoulos reports from the site

Artificial intelligence suggests recipes based on food photos

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology, CSAIL ) Researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) believe that analyzing photos like these could help us learn recipes and better understand people's eating habits. Show More Summary

The goldsmith's tomb

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich Egyptologist Julia Budka is studying the impact of intercultural contacts in Ancient Egypt. Her excavations in Sudan have uncovered a tomb dating to around 1450 BC on the island of Sai in the Nile.

Illuminating neural pathways in the living brain

Optobow method makes functional connections between individual neurons visible

Venezuelan opposition readies fresh strike

Venezuela's opposition has called a fresh 48-hour general strike against embattled President Nicolas Maduro's plans to have the constitution rewritten giving him broader powers. "We are calling out the entire people, all groups in society, for a 48-hour strike" Wednesday and Thursday, lawmaker Simon Calzadilla said. Show More Summary

Philippine Congress extends martial law in south amid siege

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine Congress on Saturday overwhelmingly approved the president's appeal for martial law in the south to be extended to the end of the year to help troops quell a two-month siege by Islamic State group-linked militants and stamp out similar extremist plots in the volatile region.

One step closer to halting the spread of Zika, Dengue, Chikungunya

A mathematical model can serve as a guide to make monthly predictions on when people are at greatest risk for contracting mosquito-borne viruses, such as dengue, Zika and chikungunya, due to climate conditions, scientists report.

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