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Tiny flying robots are being built to pollinate crops instead of real bees

RATE THIS! +21
Posted in Science on 5th Aug, 2014 04:58 AM by AlexMuller

Honeybees, which pollinate nearly one-third of the food we eat, have been dying at unprecedented rates because of a mysterious phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder.The situation is so dire that the White House gave a task force just 180 days to devise a coping strategy to protect the bees.

 

The crisis is attributed to a mixture of disease, parasites, and pesticides. Other scientists are pursuing a different tack: replacing bees. While there’s no perfect solution, modern technology offers hope. Last year, Harvard University researchers led by engineering professor Robert Wood introduced the first RoboBees, bee-size robots with the ability to lift off the ground and hover midair when tethered to a power supply. The details were published in the journal Science.

 
A coauthor of that report, Harvard graduate student and mechanical engineer Kevin Ma, tells Business Insider that the team is “on the eve of the next big development.” Says Ma: “The robot can now carry more weight.” The project represents a breakthrough in the field of micro-aerial vehicles. It had previously been impossible to pack all the things needed to make a robot fly onto such a small structure and keep it lightweight.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-08-05
+1
Pollinating robots are good idea, however helping bees recover their numbers is an emergency - there is more and more information that pesticides are part of the problem and this needs to be addressed Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2015-07-29
+0
Yeah, where does PG&E get off trying to uragpde their own equipment? This capitalism stuff is ridiculous, and private companies that provide invaluable services shouldn't be able improve their products! We need the government to run electrical utilities b/c they are much more efficient, aas proven in all other facets, ie USPS, Social Security, EPA, Medicare. Give me a break! God forbid one of the largest utilities in the nation try and provide a better service to its millions of customers, while be coming more green . You commi's can't have it both ways. By the way, what substantial accredited research has been done to support any of these anti-smart meter claims. It seems to me that the majority of studies conclude the meters are safe, yet these protesters continue to gin up fear in the hopes of their own empowerment. I mean think, who heard of this douche Josh Hart? This guy is an unemployed nobody, who is probably been on EDD assistance for the full 3 years, living off of the tax payers. Meanwhile, he's out building his own brand. An ego maniac who's skewed information for his own self-engrandizement, and power over hippie putty brains that have been living in homes with all kinds of RF. Yet, the meter on the outside of their home has caused immeasurable damage. Or, was it all of the drugs you guys did in the 60 s and 70 s? Hats off to Josh Hart, he's going to get rich on the backs of PG&e, and all of you wack jobs who call for progress, yet hate it when it arrives. No matter what PG&E does you guys will be mad, get a hobby. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-05-07
+0
With all these silly wetssbei, such a great page keeps my internet hope alive. Reply


 

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