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Robotics

Submission + - Swiss UAV coaxial helicopter flies (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: The makers of all the coaxial indoor models can't be wrong. A coaxial helicopter that can lift 7kgs will not doubt have a great appeal!

SWISS UAV AG finished the development of the brand new KOAX X-240 system.

This easy to handle new VTOL UAV uses the exciting technology of the ultra stable coaxial helicopter platform and is able to perform fully autonomous flights from start to landing. Equipped with exactly the same electronics than the bigger brother NEO S-300 it can be handled by the same ground control station without any changes. The small design makes it interesting for a lot of civil applications or military applications

Earth

Submission + - Airplanes Unexpectedly Modify Weather (discovery.com)

reillymj writes: Commercial airliners have a strange ability to create rain and snow when they fly through certain clouds. Scientists have known for some time that planes can make outlandish "hole-punch" and "canal" features in clouds. A new study has found that these odd formations are in fact evidence that planes are seeding clouds and changing local weather patterns as they fly through. In one case, researchers noted that a plane triggered several inches of snowfall directly beneath its flight path.
IBM

Is OS/2 Coming Back? 432

mstansberry writes "Is IBM considering relaunching OS/2? One source close to IBM says Big Blue plans to repurpose OS/2 services atop a Linux core. IT managers ask, why now?" Hey, back in simpler times OS/2 was super badass. Both of the guys who ran it were hard core.

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