These tiny wasp-inspired drones can open a door 40 times their weight, and could one day be used in disaster zones

IEEE Spectrum/YouTube Researchers have built tiny microdrones capable of tugging open a door 40 times their weight. They took inspiration from predatory wasps, which can drag large prey along the ground. One researcher said the technology could be adapted for more complex tasks such as moving debris or retrieving objects from disaster zones. Researchers have […]

These tiny drones can lift 40 times their own weight

If you ask these tiny drones, “Do you even lift, bro?” you will get a resounding yes. Researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland and Stanford University have developed a line of small flying bots that can move objects that are 40 times their weight. The drones, called FlyCroTugs (short for “flying, […]

The Tiny Nations Plotting to Become Tax Havens for Cryptocurrencies

Payday won’t be the same next year for the soccer players of Gibraltar United, a team in the premier division of the sport’s league in the British overseas territory. Only a part of their salary will hit their bank accounts, and the rest will come to them in the form of cryptocurrencies. But the soccer […]

The tiny Indonesian village where dancing is a social currency

Marco Ferrarese October 11, 2018 Share this article On the shores of Indonesia’s third largest lake, a travel writer and photographer find out that a little dancing can go a very long way with the local indigenous people. “C’mon, try it again: One and two and three and four, one and two and three and […]

The Tiny Nation Where Puppets Are More Famous Than People

Inside Ljubljana Castle, situated just above the Slovenian capital’s scenic old town, there are a few heads in jars. They hover in murky liquid, attached to spindly outgrowths halfway between spinal cords and centipedes. If you pull a cord, they’ll move. The heads aren’t some remnant of a medieval torture device — though Ljubljana Castle […]

People in Los Angeles are offering to shelter the homeless in tiny backyard homes. It could be solution to a spiraling homelessness crisis.

Tony Gutierrez/AP Los Angeles county is close to building one backyard unit for the homeless as part of its $ 550,000 pilot program, but the remaining units could be further behind. Despite interest from both landlords and homeless residents, the county faces a number of logistical and legal barriers. While the county continues its efforts, the […]

There’s no longer an excuse for late Android updates: If this tiny smartphone company can support Android P on the same day as Google, so can everyone else

Antonio Villas-Boas/Business Insider The Essential Phone is the only Android phone in recent memory that has received Google’s latest version of Android at the same time as Google’s own Pixel devices.  It shows that there’s no longer any excuse for Android phones getting Android updates several months after they’re released.  Usually, third-party phones that aren’t […]