Owl Wings Are Helping Silence Airplanes, Fans, and Wind Turbines

Owls are often considered nature’s stealth fighters, and it turns out their ability to silently is a result of a unique wing structure not found in any other bird. Now that researchers know the owl’s secret, they can make lots of stuff silent—everything from bedroom ceiling fans to massive wind turbines. » 6/22/15 10:20am 6/22/15 10:20am

Robotic Wheelchair Uses Lasers to Dock Like a Spaceship

A robotic wheelchair that loads itself into its owner's car using the same principles as a spaceship does when docking, has been developed by a team from Pennsylvania. An on-board computer uses LIDAR, or light detecting and ranging, to position the chair when it is loaded into a vehicle—exactly the same technique… » 4/30/08 12:30pm 4/30/08 12:30pm