28
Sep
2016

The “right” stuff: Birds show the way when it comes to avoiding mid-air collisions

The study examined budgerigars, like these, to learn more about how birds avoid accidents while in ...

Since the dawn of aviation we've turned to birds as a way of pursuing our aerial aspirations, and despite more than a century of soaring through the skies there's still a lot we can learn from our feathered friends. The latest example of this is a study finding that birds avoid mid-air crashes with one another by always turning to the right when faced with an impending collision, something that might help in the design of anti-crash systems on aircraft in the future.

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28
Sep
2016

Hydrogen fuel cell four seater passenger plane takes to the air

The HY4 four seater hydrogen fuel cell passenger aircraft on its first public test flight

A collaboration of aircraft makers, fuel cell developers and university engineers have come a step closer to zero emission passenger flights with the first flight of a hydrogen fuel cell four-seater electric aircraft. The twin-cabin, (relatively) low-noise HY4 took off at 11:15 am (local) today for a quick zip around Stuttgart Airport.

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28
Sep
2016

FDA clears first-ever artificial pancreas for automated insulin delivery

For the first time, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a so-called artificial ...

Monitoring blood-glucose levels and injecting insulin to keep them in a safe range is a never-ending headache for sufferers of type 1 diabetes. A number of research projects have made promising steps recently to promise easier ways of doing things, and now this type of convenience is set to move out of the lab and into the real-world. For the first time, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a so-called artificial pancreas designed to both monitor and inject insulin automatically, requiring minimal input from the user.

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Category: Medical

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