Engineers Build The First Robot Ant Society

By using ten tiny robots equipped with light sensors and an exceedingly simple set of rules, scientists have successfully replicated the navigational behavior of colony ants. The breakthrough could result in more efficient transportation systems for humans — but it also gives us a new understanding of how these… » 3/29/13 11:00am 3/29/13 11:00am

The science of swarms will blow your mind

Here are two things you should do immediately. One: watch this. It's a jaw-dropping video of starlings in flight that will straight up give you chills. The swirling cloud of birds is called a "murmuration," and it's just one example of how animals in very large groups can engage in remarkably coordinated collective… » 3/22/13 10:23am 3/22/13 10:23am

Watch a swarm of aquatic robots assemble into an emergency water-bridge

The idea of creating autonomous robotic swarms is nothing new, a concept that's been demonstrated by GRASP Lab's quadrotors. What needs to happen now is for developers to push the technology forward and come up with practical applications for these cooperative bots. A good example is the new Tactically Expandable… » 2/28/13 11:20am 2/28/13 11:20am