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Self-Correcting Flying Robot Unveiled By Swiss Engineers
2012-06-17 06:27:41

[ Watch the Video ] Researchers at a Swiss technological institute have developed a flying robot which they say was designed to seek out -- not avoid -- contact, and is capable of withstanding a collision. The robot is known as AirBurr and it was developed by experts at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Intelligent Systems Laboratory (LIS) in Lausanne, Switzerland. The reason behind the robot's development, according to the...

2011-05-04 12:44:59

Using simple robots to simulate genetic evolution over hundreds of generations, Swiss scientists provide quantitative proof of kin selection and shed light on one of the most enduring puzzles in biology: Why do most social animals, including humans, go out of their way to help each other? In next week's issue of the online, open access journal PLoS Biology, EPFL robotics professor Dario Floreano teams up with University of Lausanne biologist Laurent Keller to weigh in on the oft-debated...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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