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Oct 05

Autonomous Flying Robots Flock Like Birds.

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Reported by Danielle Venton, in Wired Science, September 26, 2011.

Swarms of flying robots, flocking autonomously like birds, have taken to the air near Lake Geneva, Switzerland.

At Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale’s Laboratory of Intelligence Systems in Lausanne, Sabine Hauert, Severin Leven and Dario Floreano have found a way to make small, fixed-wing machines fly together, migrate and avoid crashing. The swarms can be used for imaging and mapping the ground. In the future they may fly on search and surveillance missions.

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Oct 04

The 2011 Ig Nobel Prize Winners.

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Winners of the Ig® Nobel Prize

For achievements that first make people LAUGH then make them THINK

Winners were announced and awarded on Thursday night, September 29. The ceremony was webcast live. For more information, check the ceremony page.

PHYSIOLOGY PRIZE: Anna Wilkinson (of the UK), Natalie Sebanz (of THE NETHERLANDS, HUNGARY, and AUSTRIA), Isabella Mandl (of AUSTRIA) and Ludwig Huber (of AUSTRIA) for their study “No Evidence of Contagious Yawning in the Red-Footed Tortoise.”

REFERENCE: ‘No Evidence Of Contagious Yawning in the Red-Footed Tortoise Geochelone carbonaria,” Anna Wilkinson, Natalie Sebanz, Isabella Mandl, Ludwig Huber, Current Zoology, vol. 57, no. 4, 2011. pp. 477-84.

ATTENDING THE CEREMONY: Ludwig Huber

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