In terms of airborne maneuverability, Mother Nature’s flying creations still put our aircraft to shame. So when it comes to teaching drones and other autonomous aircraft how to stay aloft in the worst of conditions, it only makes sense to copy how birds do it.
In 2003 when a Cretaceous-era dinosaur adorned with long feathers was discovered in China, it sparked a debate as to if and how such a creature could fly. And to help resolve that debate, researchers at the University of Southampton in the UK put a scale model of the dino in a wind tunnel to see just how bird-like…
Distributed, crowd-sourced computing platforms—doesn't matter if it's Indigogo or SETI@home—are only as useful as the individual systems connected to them. And for IBM's World Community Grid, a single system can do a lot, especially when it's a purpose-built 4.5GHz calculation-crushing super computer.
In March 3, 1916, the US Congress founded the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, only a 12 years after the Wright Brothers' first ever flight. In 1920, they built their first wind tunnel. And in 1958, it became NASA.