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Boeing UAVs copy insect swarms for reconnaissance missions

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Boeing's newest "swarm” is inspired by the flight and teamwork of insects. Tests in eastern Oregon last month saw different types of UAVs — two Insitu-manufactured ScanEagles and one Procerus Unicorn from The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory — were working together using the swarm system to map out the terrain and create waypoints for teams on the ground.

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Google ups the ante by adding Weather to Maps

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Google has upgraded their maps with a new layer: Weather. So not only do you know where you’re going or what landmarks to look for when you get there, but you’ll know how many layers to wear, and the cloud cover, wind speed, ocean surface currents and whether or not you’ll need an umbrella hat, too.

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Creepy singing robot head has long years of service ahead of it

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Artificial Intelligence may not be contained to the manufacturing industries forever. In fact, it might not be long before human customer service workers and receptionists are a thing of the past. Chyi-Yeu Lin and colleagues at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology have built a singing, disembodied animatronic robot head that will someday put every last unskilled desk clerk and Walmart greeter in the unemployment line once and for all.

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Galaxy Tab 10.1 banned from the EU

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German courts have ruled in Apple’s favour in the California company’s latest lawsuit against Samsung. The ruling states that no Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets will be sold in the European Union (Netherlands excluded) due to alleged infringement of both patents and style. Any store who infringes on the ban and continues to sell the device will face either $350,000 fines or imprisonment of management.

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Rectenna gleans electricity from radio, Wi-Fi waves

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Two companies in Japan have created new lines of devices capable of powering small electronics using electricity from various radio and wireless signals in their environments. The first was developed cooperatively by Tokyo Electron Device and Powercast in the U.S., and can draw up to 2.5 milliamperes out of 800 MHz cell phone signals.

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The skinny on the iPhone 5 design

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With the release of the iPhone 5 around the corner, the rumours are ramping up once more. The latest: The Slim iPhone 5. Started by a francophone who tweeted a photoshopped picture of a condensed iPhone 4, Macrumors ran the pic without the cutline – which read “A picture like ...

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The Tornado Hunters’ 6,300 kilo armored tank

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Do you remember that scene in Twister where the man and lady tie themselves to a gas pipe with a leather belt and see the guts of a passing tornado? Me too. But apparently that was a tad unrealistic. In reality, you would need an American-built pickup truck, loaded down with 3,600 kilos (7,937 lbs) of steel armour — and one hell of a ballsy videographer.

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