Kestrel inspires unpowered, autonomous glider to climb higher

Researchers at the RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia have drawn inspiration from the way kestrels hover above their prey to develop an autonomous fixed-wing micro air vehicle (MAV) that can gain height from convenient ...

ESA confirms James Webb telescope Ariane launch

The next great space observatory took a step closer this week when ESA signed the contract with Arianespace that will see the James Webb Space Telescope launched on an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou in ...

Darwin's finches may face extinction

Mathematical simulations at the University of Utah show parasitic flies may spell extinction for Darwin's finches in the Galapagos Islands, but that pest-control efforts might save the birds that helped inspire the theory ...

VW hires Kenneth Feinberg to handle emission-cheating claims

Volkswagen has hired Kenneth Feinberg to create a program to compensate owners of diesel-powered cars caught up in an emissions-cheating scandal. Feinberg is known for his work in compensating victims of the General Motors ...

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