It was March 1903 on a farm near the tiny town of Timaru in the South Island of New Zealand, and Richard Pearse, a humble farmer and inventor, was sitting atop a winged contraption made of bamboo, tubular steel, wire, and canvas. It bore a remarkable resemblance to the microlight planes that would be invented years later. Pearse was about...
A tiny biomimetic robot, dubbed RoboBee, recently took wing under controlled flight for the first time. The robot is part of Harvard’s “Micro Air Vehicles” program led by principal investigator Robert Wood, and the controlled flight, years in the making, is no small feat. Show More Summary
Artist Hasan Kale uses tiny items as canvases, including insect wings, grape seeds, and cactus needles.
In light of recent insect-inspired feats of digital derring-do — I just wrote about a clever bug-eyed camera yesterday — let’s hear it for RoboBees, tiny insectile robots that took to the air with purpose for the first time last summer, and who finally hit the interwebs this week. Show More Summary
Piezoelectric muscles flap tiny, gossamer wings.
The tiny robot flaps its wings with piezoelectric actuators—strips of ceramic that expand and contract when an electric field is applied. Thin hinges of plastic embedded within the carbon fiber body frame serve as joints, and a delicately...Show More Summary
Researchers at Harvard University's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have developed an insect-like robot that achieves flight by flapping a pair of tiny wings. The robot is small enough to sit on the tip of a finger and weighs 80 milligrams -- that's roughly 1/30th the weight of a U.S. Show More Summary
Artist Hasan Kale paints incredibly intricate scenes from his native Istanbul onto delicate butterfly wings, narrow cactus spines and tiny grape seeds.
Durham, NC — A tiny bird fossil discovered in Wyoming offers clues to the precursors of swift and hummingbird wings. The fossil is unusual in having exceptionally well-preserved feathers, which allowed the researchers to reconstructShow More Summary
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Grab a tiny violin and give it to Sen. Rand Paul, because: Rand Paul defended the appearance he made at Howard University last week, saying he wasn't trying to teach black students about their own history and that the "left wing media"...Show More Summary
It took Kenyan lender KCB Group less than a year to break even after opening in tiny Burundi, a country better known for explosive violence than explosive growth. ||| Johannesburg - It took Kenyan lender KCB Group less than a year to break even after opening in tiny Burundi, a country better known for explosive violence than explosive growth. Show More Summary
Turkish artist Hasan Kale creates awesome micro paintings on a variety of unexpected surfaces such as the delicate wings of butterfies, beetles, and cicadas, strips of pasta, tiny snail shells, seeds, and coffee beans. While Kale’s canvases...Show More Summary
After hitting their Kickstarter, Flippity Games was all set to bring their browser game to the PC, Mac, Linux, and mobile platforms. Essentially, it's an endless runner style game, that tasks your ship with outrunning the sun as you fly over dangerous terrain and obstacles. Show More Summary
With the bee population in distressing decline, Harvard roboticists have been looking into an artificial solution for pollinating plants. That solution: Robobees, tiny winged robots that the team hopes will autonomously fly from flower to flower, spreading the pollen around. Show More Summary
Can you see the number "925" engraved under the the tiny Aston Martin wing on the top of the normal size Aston Martin wing? That's there to tell you it's made of sterling silver, and the Vanquish glued to it is in fact a Centenary Edition. Show More Summary
The “clanger cicada” can physically kill bacteria by poking and shredding them with tiny pointy structures that seem to look a little like an old fashioned cheese grater. Keep in mind that this happens at a very small spacial scale, so the relationship between objects is different than in normal human experience. Essentially, the membrane…
Brown University scientists built a mechanical wing to precisely mimic the structure and range of motion of the real thing, and to measure the effects of tiny changes in those motions.
While some people are scratching their heads over the Oscar awards, others undoubtedly scratched their head over Jim Carrey’s choice of extended attire at Elton John’s Oscar party. Comedian and new Incredible Burt Wonderstone star, Carrey, decided to show up to the Oscar party wearing gigantic feet, and tiny wings on his back. Why? Well, [...]Show More Summary
An awesomely detailed 1559 piece LEGO kit based on Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing Fighter. The 20? long model has wings which open and close smoothly, a see-through cockpit, and a tiny R2-D2 minifig. Link