“It’s been more than a decade in the making, but now Harvard University researchers have developed a tiny flying drone that is barely larger than a quarter.
Robotics researchers at the Ivy League school have achieved a first, reports Forbes: the creation of robotic insects that are capable of flight. A paper detailing their work was recently published in the journal Science. Here’s an abstract of the research:
Flies are among the most agile flying creatures on Earth. To mimic this aerial prowess in a similarly sized robot requires tiny, high-efficiency mechanical components that pose miniaturization challenges governed by force-scaling laws, suggesting unconventional solutions for propulsion, actuation, and manufacturing. To this end, we developed high-power-density piezoelectric flight muscles and a manufacturing methodology capable of rapidly prototyping articulated, flexure-based sub-millimeter mechanisms.
We built an 80-milligram, insect-scale, flapping-wing robot modeled loosely on the morphology of flies. Using a modular approach to flight control that relies on limited information about the robot’s dynamics, we demonstrated tethered but unconstrained stable hovering and basic controlled flight maneuvers. The result validates a sufficient suite of innovations for achieving artificial, insect-like flight.”
Via Natural News
“New evidence has emerged that proves the US intentionally lied about the true nature of its controversial drone strike operations.
The leaked intelligence documents reveal that the US has been targeting individuals who pose no immediate threat, with half of the slaughtered people being labeled simply as “unknown extremists.”
While the files obtained by the McClatchy news agency show half of the deceased as innocent, other calculations show that a more accurate percentage of innocents killed in Pakistan is as high as 80%.
The files also show that Pakistan’s intelligence agency was working with the US while its government was condemning the use of drone strikes.”
Via Activist Post
“The V-Bat drone, funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), could very well be flying over the United States soon due relatively low asking price and features which some of the many domestic drone operators would likely find quite appealing.
While the drone is far from typical, it is still not all that astounding given the reality of deadly miniature drones, tiny helicopter drones used for surveillance, drones capable of perpetual flight, silent drones, solar powered drones or drones equipped with unbelievably powerful cameras, automatic tracking, facial recognition, EMP missiles, fully automated weapons systems and more.
This particular drone will be available for only $350,000, according to Slate, which would likely make it attractive to the countless entities already allowed by the FAA to fly drones in the United States.
“Kitted out with high-res cameras and laser sensors, the drone is designed to be used for everything from urban surveillance to wildlife monitoring,” according to Slate.”
Via Activist Post
Stand with Rand! Sen. Rand Paul takes determined stand against insanity of Obama’s claimed power to kill Americans
“What kind of President refuses to say he will not kill Americans sitting in a cafe in Seattle, or walking down the street in Los Angeles, or driving a tractor on a farm in Texas? A President who respects no law and no rights of citizens as described in the Constitution.
That President, of course, is Barack Obama.
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul took a stand against tyranny by enduring a long filibuster on the floor of the U.S. Senate. As of this writing, the filibuster is well over 10 hours long and running. In taking this opportunity to take a stand against tyranny, he showed the murderous intent of President Obama and the outright criminal attorney general known as “Mr. Fast & Furious” Eric Holder.”
Via Natural News