(Financial Times) The researchers are carrying out different experiments to “reverse engineer” bee brains with the goal of designing navigational software for future drones. Bees optimize the distances flown from one point to another. Bee brains can multitask, adapt to new scenarios and learn very fast.
(Agweek) Bee Innovative brought their radar-like technology to North Dakota to see where bees are and where they’re not. Using that data, they work with beekeepers to bring in more bees, strategically placed for where the field hasn’t been pollinated. Bee Innovative has used the technology in Australian blueberry fields and claims increases in both yield and quality.
(Montana State University) Unmanned aircraft are growing ever more popular — and smaller. But spinning rotor blades can be downsized only so much before air friction overtakes lift force, causing the tiny motors to overheat and fail. Flapping wings, on the other hand, can scale down almost indefinitely.