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[Perspective] Learning from nature how to land aerial robots One of the main challenges for aerial robots is the high-energy consumption of powered flight, which limits flight times to typically only tens of minutes for systems below 2 kg in weight (1). This limitation greatly reduces their utility for sensing and
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[Policy Forum] International migration under the microscope Although humanitarian crises, such as the ongoing mass exodus from Syria toward Europe, tend to focus global attention on migration, each year millions of people migrate to and from affected countries throughout the world. Progress has been made in unders
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[Policy Forum] Preprints for the life sciences A preprint is a complete scientific manuscript (often one also being submitted to a peer-reviewed journal) that is uploaded by the authors to a public server without formal review. After a brief inspection to ensure that the work is scientific in nature,
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[Book Review] The bee whisperer In The Dancing Bees, historian of science Tania Munz recounts the fascinating story of Karl von Frisch, the Austrian ethologist who discovered that honeybees communicate the direction and distance of food sources through elaborate dancelike behaviors. The
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[Introduction to Special Issue] Cities are the Future Rapid urbanization is overtaxing the planet, but it may not have toAuthors: Nicholas S. Wigginton, Julia Fahrenkamp-Uppenbrink, Brad Wible, David Malakoff
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[Special Issue News] Rise of the City In 2014, 54% of the world's population, or 3.9 billion people, lived in urban areas. That's up from one-third in 1950, and forecasters say the proportion will rise to 66% by 2050. This two-page infographic highlights the geography of urbanization, and the
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[Special Issue News] Roots of the Urban Mind For the first 190,000 years of our history as a species, humans lived in small, mobile communities of up to a couple hundred individuals, in which everybody knew everybody else. Today, more than half of us live in cities, surrounded by multitudes of peopl
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[Special Issue News] A Plague of Rats Rats have long been one of the world's most ubiquitousand infamousforms of urban wildlife, synonymous with pestilence and squalor. They've attracted only sporadic attention from scientists, however, and much about the secretive city ratchiefly the Norway
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[Special Issue News] China Rethinks Cities China is rethinking its urbanization. Although the rapid growth of the nation's cities helped lift hundreds of millions of people out of rural poverty, the breakneck pace has created urban sprawl, car-dependency, massive traffic jams, skyrocketing emissio
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[Special Issue News] Vancouver's Green Dream Vancouver, Canada, is trying to become the greenest city on Earth. In 2011, it adopted a Greenest City Action Plan that has made it a prominent pioneer in urban greening, including efforts to transform raw sewage and food waste into energy, and to coax re
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