Swarming robots could be the servants of the future (w/ video)
Swarms of robots acting together to carry out jobs could provide new opportunities for humans to harness the power of machines.
Madagascar needs $41mln to fight plague of locusts
Madagascar needs over $41 million (32 million euros) to battle a locust plague as swarms of insects blot out the sky in the south of the island nation, the Food and Agricultural Organization said Tuesday.
Harnessing robot research a searching task
A new laboratory dedicated to technologies at the cutting edge of an emerging field of robotics could radically improve the way search and rescue operations are conducted. The Monash Swarm Robotics Laboratory ...
Swarm intelligence: Study uncovers new features of collective behavior when overcrowding sets in
Swarming is the spontaneous organised motion of a large number of individuals. It is observed at all scales, from bacterial colonies, slime moulds and groups of insects to shoals of fish, flocks of birds and ...
Mating swarm study offers new way to view flocks, schools, crowds
The adulthood of a midge fly is decidedly brief—about three days. But a new study of its mating swarm may yield lasting benefits for analyses of bird flocks, fish schools, human crowds and other forms of ...
Tiny robot swarm able to play tunes on a virtual piano (w/ video)
Buildings key to beating earthquakes
Strong buildings in earthquake zones are by the best form of defence against tremors, University of Edinburgh expert says.
UN warns northwest Africa over desert locust swarms
The UN food agency warned Tuesday that desert locust swarms are likely to head to northwest Africa in the coming weeks, and urged teams armed with pesticides to protect crops from the pests.
From solo to sociable—how locusts try to avoid cannibalism
(Phys.org)—When people think of locusts they are likely to picture the swarms which affect the lives of one in ten people in the world through their harmful impact on agriculture.
Sheep backpacks reveal flocking strategy
UK researchers have shown for the first time that instead of fleeing randomly when faced with danger, sheep head straight for the center of the flock.
UN agency warns of growing locust threat in Mali
The UN food agency on Tuesday warned the unrest in northern Mali means that efforts to contain the threat of desert locusts are being hampered and appealed for $10 million (8.1 million euros) in aid.
Spider invasion spooks Indian village
Panicked villagers in a remote Indian state complained Monday of an invasion of giant venomous spiders that resemble tarantulas but are unknown to local specialists.
Scientists work up a crab-powered computer
Swarming and transporting
On its own, an ant is not particularly clever. But in a community, the insects can solve complicated tasks. Researchers intend to put this 'swarm intelligence' to use in the logistics field. Lots of autonomous ...