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Essential Science: Autonomous cars edge to the future

Autonomous cars are the future, being a question of 'when' rather than 'if', given the levels of investment. It is probable that legislation will one day only allow for self-driving vehicles on the roads. We look at the latest developments.

New laser scanner finds unmarked graves

The laser based technology LiDAR might be more commonly associated with the development of autonomous cars, but it has another application of interest to pathologists: finding unmarked graves.

Essential Science: The man who helps cars to see

LiDAR technology can serve a critical role in terms of obstacle detection and avoidance, allowing vehicles to navigate safely through environments. As autonomous cars become a pressing reality, this technology is leading the way forward.

Tesla looking at two possible reasons for the fatal Model S crash

Tesla engineers are examining the cameras and radar system in the Model S involved in the fatal crash of a man in Florida using the car's AutoPilot system in May this year.

Mayflies show up on radar at Detroit

Detroit - It is now the peak season for fish flies to hatch in Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie. Fish flies, Mayflies, or shadflies emerge from bodies of water to hover around lights, cling to walls, mate and then die, all within the scope of about two days.

Glitch temporarily grounds all aircraft in New Zealand

Wellington - All commercial and civilian aircraft in New Zealand were temporarily grounded on Tuesday when a fault crippled the nation's air traffic control system, causing long delays and some cancellations.

London testing cyclist detection systems for traffic lights

Transport for London is to install special cyclist detection systems at traffic lights throughout the city in an effort to make cycling safer. Traffic lights will know how many cyclists are waiting and adjust timings so they have longer to get away in.

Why bats don’t crash into each other is revealed

This may seem like the start of a riddle, but why don’t bats fly into each other? The answer lies in bats seemingly following some agreed rules of the air.

Vietnam scales back Malaysian Airlines search

Vietnam suspended the naval search for the missing Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 on Wednesday, though flights continued, Thanh Dien Daily said.

Navy responsible for weather radar anomaly

Perth - It’s the stuff of low-budget sci-fi films — a strange geometric shape off the coast of a continent sends scientists scrambling for explanations and usually ends in extra-terrestrials or a weather anomaly wiping out large cities.

Study shows that brain has specific radar for snakes

A new study that will be out on Monday says that the brain has specific cells that fire off warnings when confronted by a snake.

Iran unveils new radar-evading stealth jet fighter

Tehran - Iran has unveiled a new military jet, the Qaher-313, a domestically built fighter-bomber. The Iranian military claims that the jet is a stealth fighter than can evade radar.

New radar can see through buildings

MIT's Lincoln Laboratory researchers announced they developed a new radar technology that can "look" through concrete walls, a capability the scientists hope will soon help troops in urban combat, and be adapted for emergency responder use amid disasters.

Wind Farms in Upstate New York Interfering with Weather Radar

In upstate New York, wind farms are interfering with the National Weather Service Doppler radars, making it difficult to interpret the data that they are seeing. The wind turbines spinning blades are creating false data that is misinterpreted as storms.

Search for wreckage of French Airbus continues

The French have asked the USA and the Pentagon to help in the search by using its observation satellites and other technical means to focus on the search area. Catastrophic systems failure is being considered as a factor in the accident. Updates below.

Research May Improve Tornado Predictions

Debris dropped by hot-air balloons may give scientists at The University of Alabama in Huntsville data needed to improve tornado warnings. The payloads dropped were similar to the types of debris thrown into the air by tornados that touch the ground.

Bats Fly to the Rescue in Battle with Cancer

Scientists in Scotland and the US are working on a technology utilising echolocation, the navigational system of bats, to locate tumors deep inside bodies. If successful, this would add another dimension to the CAT scan.

'Stealth' Deposits on Mars Challenging Scientists

Mars continues to give lessons to science with some thick, and recent, recent deposits of materials on the surface proving difficult to analyze. They absorb radar waves, so fancy calibration has been required to figure out what the material is.

Radar of corporate jets leaving the Superbowl

A radar of corporate jets leaving the Sunday night Superbowl event in Miami, Florida.

BTK Serial Killer's House to be leveled, turned into a park

Dennis Rader's Wichita home will be leveled and turned into a park access point for the neighborhood.

Personal radar can see through walls

It's not quite X-ray vision, but this portable radar can penetrate walls to detect people moving on the other side.

Haptic radar system has got your back

Use the Force Luke!, use the Force!...

New Radar System Can Help Prevent Airport Collisions

BRAUNSCHWEIG, GERMANY (dpa) - The SAS airliner was already picking up speed on its flight to Copenhagen. Shortly before it lifted off from Milan's Linate airport, it crashed into a German jet, killing 118 people. There was thick fog on the ground, b...

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Lincoln Labs at MIT developed the  through-wall ultrawideband radar  system that can see through bui...
Lincoln Labs at MIT developed the "through-wall ultrawideband radar" system that can see through buildings; this picture shows the system elements from the back.
Lincoln Labs, MIT
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Image from Environment Canada downloaded at 2:35 p.m. Tuesday.
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The  through-wall ultrawideband radar  system developed by MIT s Lincoln Labs sees through buildings...
The "through-wall ultrawideband radar" system developed by MIT's Lincoln Labs sees through buildings; this picture shows an experimental set up of the system.
Lincoln Labs, MIT
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Army radar system
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Antenna of an anti-aircraft radar system.
Antenna of an anti-aircraft radar system.

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