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The Flight of An Insect-Scaled Robot

The Flight of An Insect-Scaled Robot

The aerodynamic feats of insects do not interest most of us in the least — in fact, our first instinct would be to swat at any fly that hovers too close. But researchers from Harvard University have drawn inspiration from the maneuvers of these airborne creatures to design a lightweight flapping-wing robot, capable of controlled flight. They report their findings in this issue of Science. The team led by Prof. Robert Wood of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences invented an efficient way […]



M.S.Blues

M.S.Blues

On the last day of school, no matter which city we lived in, we would be on the evening train to Madurai. The overnight train journey was always fun–but our annual destination–we were a little less excited about that. Madurai was my father’s hometown and my grandparents still lived there. The heat, the mosquitoes, the bathrooms a slippery tenth of a mile from the house, the sheer lack of things to do – these were some of the reasons we might have cited – if […]



Patients With Passports

Four years ago, author Maggi Ann Grace’s partner, a building contractor, learned that he had a defective heart valve. The uninsured 50-something American did not have $200,000 for heart surgery, but the state medical system, with its strange logic, would let him deteriorate before it did anything for him. Grace’s son, a medical student, told them of quality healthcare facilities in India. Soon, the proactive North Carolina couple were at the Escorts Heart Institute in New Delhi. A team of doctors performed pre-op tests and […]