Researchers made a drone that can land on walls like an insect

Researchers made a drone that can land on walls like an insect

Researchers at Stanford are trying to give drones another of insects’ useful traits: the ability to land on vertical walls, and even upside down. They’ve already gotten pretty far on a system that lets drones do that. As one of the researchers writes at IEEE Spectrum, the setup has two parts: a rigid tail, and a pair of “microspines.” The tail allows the drone to correctly position itself while landing; the two microspines, which are really just small textured pads, are then dragged along the wall, where they catch on microscopic grooves…

Kepler-223: Astronomers Find System with Four Giant Planets Trapped in Resonance

Kepler-223: Astronomers Find System with Four Giant Planets Trapped in Resonance

The Kepler-223 multi-planet system is trapped in an orbital configuration that the Solar System’s four gas giants may have broken from in its early history, according to a team of scientists led by University of Chicago astronomer Sean Mills. “Exactly how and where planets form is an outstanding question in planetary science. Our work essentially tests a model for planet formation for a type of planet we don’t have in our Solar System,” Mills said. “These puffy, gaseous planets, far more massive than Earth, orbit close to their stars. That’s…

How the first world war liberated women’s wardrobes

How the first world war liberated women’s wardrobes

The Fashion and Freedom exhibition looks at the way clothes restricted women before the war – and shows how lines and silhouettes relaxed during the conflict as women entered the workplace There were many upsides to Britain’s victory in the first world war – most notably peace, albeit of a temporary sort, in Europe. Less often noted is how the war liberated women from their corsets and full skirts when they were drafted in to run the country while the men were dying in muddy ditches across northern France. After…

The unmissable TV shows of summer 2016

The unmissable TV shows of summer 2016

Marseille Gérard Depardieu is a French mayor who, after a quarter of a century in office, finds a former protege running for his job. Promisingly, this eight-part political thriller is created by Dan Franck, who made French national politics gripping in the series Spin, a stand-out find of Channel 4’s Walter Presents strand of foreign-language drama. The fact that Franck has been signed by Netflix, and has in turn been able to contract Depardieu, is another sign of the increasing challenge that streamed drama is presenting to terrestrial channels. 5…

‘Karl is going to kill me!’ Kristen Stewart’s stylist on ripping up her Chanel clothes at Cannes

‘Karl is going to kill me!’ Kristen Stewart’s stylist on ripping up her Chanel clothes at Cannes

Kristen Stewart started off her Cannes Film Festival appearances by putting her tomboy stamp on smart suiting, wearing a cropped simple T-shirt with a neat Chanel pencil skirt. But whilst the two looked like they’d been designed for each other, Stewart’s stylist of over a decade Tara Swennen, has now revealed that they actually ripped the Chanel T-shirt on the morning of the Cafe Society photocall to make the look feel more ‘Kristen.’ “We cut it that morning,” Swennen says of taking a pair of scissors to the Chanel. “I would easily say about seven or eight inches. It always…

Scientists Determine Mass of NGC 1332’s Supermassive Black Hole

Scientists Determine Mass of NGC 1332’s Supermassive Black Hole

An international team of astronomers led by Dr. Aaron Barth of the University of California, Irvine, has derived a precise measurement of the mass of a supermassive black hole at the center of the giant elliptical galaxy NGC 1332. NGC 1332, otherwise known as ESO 548-18 and LEDA 12838, is an almost-edge-on elliptical galaxy in the direction of the southern constellation Eridanus. The galaxy is a member of the NGC 1315–1332 group, which is approximately80 million light-years from Earth. Like other giant elliptical galaxies, NGC 1332 hosts a supermassive black…

With its eyes on VR and indoor mapping, Google will expand Project Tango next week

With its eyes on VR and indoor mapping, Google will expand Project Tango next week

It wants the technology to be ubiquitous on Android phones, powering VR and indoor mapping   Project Tango is one of Google’s stranger lines of research. At its core, the technology uses cameras to map the space around you in detailed 3D. It uses that data to create indoor maps, layering guided navigation on top of your screen’s view of the world. It can also be used with virtual reality, allowing you to see the world around you, as well as other players, while at the same time layering a…

5 Directions Tony Stark Might Go In After Civil War

5 Directions Tony Stark Might Go In After Civil War

After the climactic events of Captain America: Civil War, the road to the future has gotten a lot more complicated for Tony Stark. Gone is the freewheeling billionaire philanthropist playboy that got by with a grin and an idea, and in his place is a man who has suffered great betrayal and emotional distress. With his relationship involving Pepper Potts being “on a break,” and his mounting sense of guilt, Tony seems to be at a crossroads at the moment. While this uncertainty is murder on his personal life, it…