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Micro-drones Can Anchor onto Surfaces and Pull Heavy Loads

A Euro-American research team has developed a micro-drone that can open doors to new possibilities – literally, not figuratively. The flying robot – dubbed FlyCroTug – is outfitted with a gripping apparatus. Two of the diminutive drones work together to pull objects – for example — lassoing a door handle …

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Insect-inspired Research May Improve Rescue Drones

Image Credit: EPFL / Alain Herzog) Insects may help a renowned Swiss research institute envision ways to improve drone navigation while also saving some lives in the process. Darius Merk, a physics student at École Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne has developed an algorithm that could help drones better avoid obstacles …

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