Robotic engineers have made ant-like robots that successfully navigated through mazes using only light sensing and a simple ‘random walk’ programming rule. When we are tasked with identifying an analogue in Nature … [Read full article]
Despite the huge loss of life following the Tonoku earthquake and consequent tsunami, the losses would have been even greater were it not for an earthquake early warning system set in place by the government of Japan following the devastating Kobe quake in the mid 1990’s.
A similar early warning system has been underway for nearly ten years in California, but remains incomplete.
A lot has been made of the devastating effect detecting oil has on the surrounding environment. Putting aside the fact that we’d rather not see the oil taken in the … [Read full article]