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Coordinated drones fly in synchronized flocks

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:50:00 -0500

Scientists at the University of Southern California are mastering the coordinated flight of 'flocks' of drones. Bob Mezan reports.

Anti-collision tech helps planes, drones 'see and avoid'

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:26:00 -0500

The first app-based solution to help drone owners and general aviation (GA) pilots avoid collision has been launched in Switzerland. Jim Drury reports.

Medieval skeleton gives clues to spread of leprosy

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:44:00 -0500

The skeleton of a medieval leper excavated from one of Britain's earliest known hospitals is shedding light on the genetic origins of the disfiguring disease leprosy, as Stuart McDill reports.

Two legs good, three legs bad and one in the eye for bio-mimicry

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:56:00 -0500

'Ignore Mother Nature and put your foot down' is the advice from scientists in Switzerland researching the fastest and most efficient way for robots to walk, as Stuart McDill reports.

Snap Inc's next act as a camera company

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:00:00 -0500

Snap Inc – the company that brought us the disappearing messaging app – has been working hard to make itself into something more than just that as it builds up for one of the biggest tech IPOs in years.

Proximity to clogged highways could increase risk of Alzheimer's, dementia

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:12:00 -0500

Tiny particles of air pollution could increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's and dementia, according to a study by the University of Southern California. Bob Mezan reports.

Facebook CEO's bid to reboot globalization

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:40:49 -0500

Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg lays out a vision of his company serving as a bulwark against rising isolationism, writing in a letter to users that the company's platform could be the "social infrastructure" for the globe.

Verizon looking to cut Yahoo deal price - Sources

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:44:20 -0500

The biggest known hack ever looking like it will peel off up to $350 million from what Verizon is willing to pay for Yahoo, a source tells Reuters.

Brain damage in former players fuels soccer 'heading' fears

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:47:00 -0500

Brain damage found in former footballers is fuelling concerns that frequent knocks from heading the ball or colliding with other players could cause dementia, as Stuart McDill reports.

Two-legged robot "Cassie" demonstrates complex locomotion

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:04:00 -0500

Oregon State University launches a robot business aimed at bringing "legged locomotion" to wide-scale use. Matthew Stock reports.

Scientists find crop-destroying caterpillar spreading across Africa

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 05:24:15 -0500

Scientists say a crop-ravaging caterpillar, called the fall armyworm, is eating its way across Africa and, as Stuart McDill reports, could reach tropical Asia and the Mediterranean in the next few years. Stuart McDill reports.

A decades-long running solar-powered water maker

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 04:37:00 -0500

A Dutch artist and inventor develops a solar-powered water maker with no moving parts and says he expects it to run for decades. Roselle Chen reports.

Hormone injection sparks love and sex regions in brain

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 06:06:00 -0500

Just in time for Valentine's Day, researchers discover the hormone kisspeptin can enhance activity in brain regions associated with sexual arousal and romantic love. Matthew Stock reports.

Modular exosuit helps paraplegic ex-trapeze artist walk again

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 05:32:00 -0500

A modular lightweight exoskeleton has allowed former circus acrobat Silke Pan to walk again after a fall from a trapeze rendered her paraplegic ten years ago, as she demonstrated to Jim Drury.

Ford pumps $1 billion into self-driving technology

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 19:28:27 -0500

Another big automaker hooks up with a tech startup. The latest deal is Ford, which unveiled its plans to invest $1 billion over the next five years in Argo AI, recently set up by Google and Uber top engineers.

Moon much older than previously thought

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 16:28:00 -0500

A UCLA-led research team reports that the moon is at least 40 to 140 million years older than previously thought. Bob Mezan reports.

Wood stadium planned for world's 'greenest' soccer club

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:27:00 -0500

Forest Green Rovers, dubbed the 'greenest' soccer club in the world, are planning to build the modern world's first all-wood stadium. Matthew Stock reports.

Tropical leaves could reduce cow emissions

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:31:00 -0500

Mexican researchers discover that tropical leaves could reduce methane emissions in cows, a major contributor to climate change. Bob Mezan reports.

Electronic nose sniffs out diseases on a patient's breath

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 06:07:00 -0500

A "NaNose" device which can diagnose 17 diseases, including cancer and Parkinson's, based on 'smelling' a patient's breath paves the way for quick, non invasive and affordable early detection according to its Israeli developers. Stuart McDill reports.

Inside Apple’s new ‘spaceship’ HQ

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 21:21:50 -0500

Apple has a new masterpiece its about to unveil: It’s new headquarters referred to by Silicon Valley as the ‘spaceship’.

Record-breaking solar panels could slash power costs

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Solar panels that use microtracking technology to almost double the yield achieved by current sun-powered technology have been developed by a start-up offshoot of Switzerland's EPFL. Jim Drury reports.

Robot drone mimics real life bat

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 07:38:00 -0500

Scientists at the California Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign design a drone based on the complex wing structure of bats. Jim Drury has more.

Dublin engineers developing robot helpers

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 06:00:00 -0500

Roboticists from Trinity College Dublin are designing assistive robots that are stable and mobile, and have improved social interfaces to better interact with humans. Matthew Stock reports.

Single-use, contraceptive injection tested in Africa

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 05:17:00 -0500

U.S.-based global health non-profit organisation, PATH, is testing a single-use contraceptive injection in Africa. The jab uses the Uniject injection system developed in the 1980s to make injections simpler in the developing world. Bob Mezan reports.