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Research Into Desert Locusts Discovers How Your Environment Shapes Your Thinking
2013-11-21 13:12:19

University of Leicester A team of scientists has shown how the environment shapes learning and memory by training locusts like Pavlov's dog to associate different smells with reward or punishment. Desert locusts are notorious for their devastating swarms. However, they do not always live in swarms — they switch between a lone living 'solitary phase' and a swarming 'gregarious' phase. The two phases differ profoundly in looks, behavior and in their life style. The new research from...

Mapping Out The Unknown With Cyborg Bug Swarms
2013-10-16 15:10:20

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers at North Carolina State University are looking to bugs, namely cockroaches, to help them with a mapping problem. The researchers are looking to map tricky spaces, such as collapsed buildings, by letting a swarm of cyber cockroaches, dubbed biobots, explore such areas. NCSU published a paper -- "Topological Mapping of Unknown Environments using an Unlocalized Robotic Swarm" -- of the research being conducted by Dr. Edgar...

Jellyfish Shredding Robot
2013-10-04 13:03:57

[ Watch the Video: A Battle Between Robot And Jellyfish ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Besides being a menace to swimmers and surfers in the ocean, jellyfish disrupt fishing nets, clog water intakes, feed on fish eggs and disrupt ecosystems with their massive swarms. A team of engineers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has devised a new robotic system called JEROS that is designed to combat this sea-faring menace by sucking in...

Animal Behavior Study Provides Novel Thinking In Robot Control
2013-10-01 06:39:47

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Animals deposit marks wherever they go to show their presence, according to a new study from the University of Bristol and Princeton University. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, this study also shows that animals will retreat from marks left by a member of the same species more quickly if the mark they encounter is recent. This study has important implications for animal sociality and how epidemic...

Citizen Scientists: Play A Game, Teach A Robot
2013-09-10 04:19:37

[ Watch the Video: Play A Game, Help A Robot ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers at Rice University's Multi-Robot Systems Laboratory (MRSL) are refining their control algorithms for robotic swarms based on data from five free online games that anyone can play. "What we learn from the game and our lab experiments applies directly to real-world challenges," said Aaron Becker, a postdoctoral researcher at MRSL. "For example, if a doctor had a swarm...

2013-08-22 23:20:16

Offering Supports LevelUp Promotions and Mobile Payments in Retail and Hospitality San Francisco, CA / Burlington, VT (PRWEB) August 22, 2013 After completing a rigorous selection process San Francisco-based software firm Swarm has selected Route 802 as it’s exclusive sales partner in Vermont and New Hampshire. Together, they’re offering solutions to help businesses in the retail and hospitality categories better understand and market to their customers. Swarm’s analytics suite...

Discovering Why And How Swarming Evolved
2013-06-05 14:46:40

Michigan State University Many animals — from locusts to fish — live in groups and swarm, but scientists aren't sure why or how this behavior evolved. Now a multidisciplinary team of Michigan State University scientists has used a model system to show for the first time that predator confusion can make prey evolve swarming behavior. Swarming allows groups of animals to accomplish tasks that they can't do alone, such as defending themselves from a much larger predator....


Latest Swarm behaviour Reference Libraries

Red Locust, Nomadacris septemfasciata
2013-07-10 15:41:21

The red locust (Nomadacris septemfasciata) is a species of grasshopper that is native to Sub-Saharan Africa, where it prefers to swarm moist areas like seasonal floodplains. It can be found in areas with grain, its main food source, and areas with some tree cover. Adults are typically brownish-tan in color and can reach an average body length between 2.4 and 3.3 inches depending upon the sex, with females growing larger. Young individuals of this species can vary in color depending upon which...

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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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