From outer space radio bursts discovered by trained AI programs to an incredible flying robot that can be adjusted to mimic insects and hummingbirds, then capping it off with an inspiring new invention to clean up and rid the ocean of plastics at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This week on our website @ TechNews4Kids, we highlight these exciting articles.
An FRB or Fast Radio Burst comes from deep space and only lasts a few milliseconds. Researchers have been theorizing over what they could mean and how they came about. A company named Breakthrough Listen has trained an artificial intelligence (AI) program to spot them. They’re also “hunting for signals of extraterrestrial intelligence, which, if those signals are out there, could be just as rare and fleeting as FRB pulses.” Read more about it here.
Scientists have long been wondering how tiny insects can maneuver so quickly in the air. Testing has been difficult until now — a “free-flying, insect-inspired robot” can now be used to test ideas about how winged insects perform! “Programming the bot with different flight control strategies and comparing its movement with real animal flights could reveal which techniques winged insects and other creatures use for airborne acrobatics.” Read more about it here and be sure to watch the video at the end of the article!
Twice the size of the state of Texas, the giant, floating, mostly plastic garbage patch located in the Pacific Ocean, needs to be cleaned up. A 24-year-old inventor has come up with a radical, never-before-attempted plan! His invention has been built and is already on its way to start the cleanup. This project began to take shape 6 years ago when Boyan Slat was only 18. Even if this does work, it will only be part of the solution to a problem that continues to grow. Read more about it here.