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Ria Misra Ria Misra Oct 01, 2017. 8 comments

This Is How NASA Tests Planes for Safety

This Is How NASA Tests Planes for Safety

NASA has been working on ways to improve search-and-rescue after a plane crash. But how do they test it? Simple, they hoist planes 100 feet into the air and drop them... over and over again.

This footage of a Cessna 172 being dropped into the dirt 100 feet below is just the latest test at NASA Langley into how to create emergency transmitters that are more likely to survive a crash—and it’s...

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Bryan Lufkin Bryan Lufkin Sep 28, 2017. 13 comments

These Rescue Drones Search Forest Trails Like Robot Rangers

These Rescue Drones Search Forest Trails Like Robot Rangers

Swiss researchers have come up with AI that lets small quadcopters automatically identify and follow man-made trails in forests. They say it’s to help in search-and-rescue, but it also sounds like nanny state drones that could one day hunt me down in the woods as I dodge search lights on my scramble toward sweet freedom.

A team from the University of Zurich, Dalle Molle Institute for...

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Aug 24, 2017. 14 comments

The Time Wes Siler Almost Killed Me

The Time Wes Siler Almost Killed Me

Some bad decisions were made while backpacking The Lost Coast and a buddy ended up alone, in a storm, after dark, fording whitewater and climbing cliffs with no gear. I should have known better, but at least we got a good story out of it. — Ed.

Adventure: California's Lost Coast

Way up at the top of Northern California is a little piece of wilderness called The Lost Coast.…

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Bryan Lufkin Bryan Lufkin Dec 23, 2015. 1 comments

This Locust Robot Jumps 11 Feet High and Could Scour Disaster Zones

This Locust Robot Jumps 11 Feet High and Could Scour Disaster Zones

Locusts get a bad rap—noise and plagues!—but they’ve inspired Israeli engineers to make bug-like robots that could be a godsend in emergencies.

A team at Tel Aviv University has developed a five-inch long, locust-inspired robot that weighs an ounce and jumps a whopping 11 feet high and 4.5 feet wide. Their findings were published last month in the journal Bioinspiration & Biomimetics. Given...

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