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RoboBee Learns to Perch to Save Energy

Engineers at Harvard University have given their robotic bee the ability to perch like a butterfly. The upgrade saves the tiny robots energy and brings the deployment of a new miniature class of search and rescue drones one step closer to reality. Ben Gruber reports.

May 24, 2016 — Reuters

3-D Vision Makes Industrial Robots Friendly

Algorithms that can make a collaborative robot arm react to moving objects within milliseconds could mean a future where robots and humans work closer together on production lines. Jim Drury reports

May 2, 2016 — Reuters

Drones Could Speed Up HIV Tests in Remote Areas

Malawi has started a test program that uses drones to improve access to HIV testing for babies, because factors including poor roads and high transportation costs can result in delays in testing that prevent access to treatment. Sharon Reich reports.

April 25, 2016 — Reuters

Asia Faces Water Shortages

A new study points to the risk that China and India will be facing severe water shortages by 2050 due to a perfect storm of economic growth, climate change, and fast growing populations. Ben Gruber reports.

April 15, 2016 — Reuters

How to Hack a Mouse

A cyber security firm has uncovered a flaw that could allow hackers to attack and take over computers using a wireless mouse connection. Ben Gruber reports.

April 4, 2016 — Reuters

Mood Lighting for Stress-Free Chickens

An energy efficient lighting system designed specifically for poultry farms emits a light spectrum adjusted for chicken vision, helping to promote happy and stress-free fowl. Matthew Stock reports.

March 28, 2016 — Reuters

Stem Cell Therapy for Cats

Researchers have successfully used stem cells to treat cats with a debilitating mouth disease. The findings could translate into potential therapies for humans suffering from similar ailments. Ben Gruber reports.

March 26, 2016 — Reuters

Soft Drone Designed to Be Safe Among People

A helium-filled spherical drone is dubbed Skye by its developers. It handles like a quadcopter yet is as safe and energy efficient as a blimp. And it could be a new advertising vehicle. Matthew Stock reports.

March 17, 2016 — Reuters