- Pete Davidson is OK and at work following alarming Instagram post Saturday 7:26 PM
- Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker doesn’t know how to use a Venn diagram Saturday 5:38 PM
- This college student made a movie trailer to tease her boyfriend, and Twitter can’t get enough (updated) Saturday 3:13 PM
- ‘Kappa Delta Crypto’ aims to break stereotypes in five-minute Snapchat episodes Saturday 2:29 PM
- Two iPhone X customers are suing Apple over screen size Saturday 1:18 PM
- Secretary Ryan Zinke is out at the Department of the Interior Saturday 12:03 PM
- How to watch the New Orleans Bowl online for free Saturday 10:25 AM
- Prada’s racist toys pulled from shelves after social media backlash (updated) Saturday 10:22 AM
- How to watch the Camellia Bowl online for free Saturday 10:00 AM
- How to watch the Las Vegas Bowl online for free Saturday 8:30 AM
- How to watch Real Madrid vs. Rayo Vallecano online for free Saturday 7:30 AM
- ‘Runaways’ season 2 expands its universe and mysteries Saturday 7:30 AM
- How to watch the Cure Bowl online for free Saturday 7:05 AM
- How to watch Canelo Alvarez vs. Rocky Fielding for free Saturday 7:00 AM
- Politicians who inspired the internet in 2018 Saturday 6:30 AM
NASA will potentially send robotic bees to Mars to explore and analyze data, which will surely have everyone buzzing.
First announced March 30, the project, which is titled “Marsbee,” is among the 25 proposals selected by NASA to support and advance space exploration. The winners are granted $125,000 over nine months to work on their concepts, and those that have successful “feasibility studies” are able to apply for another award.
The concept behind Marsbee is that multiple bee-like robots, which are shaped like bumblebees and have wings, will use a rover on Mars to connect, communicate, and recharge. The project breakdown, which is written by Chang-kwon Kang of University of Alabama, Huntsville, reveals its plans for the next phase of development: testing the robotic bees’ ability to move in Mars’ atmosphere with the aid of a team from the U.S. and Japan.
“The objective of Phase I is to determine the wing design, motion, and weight that can hover with optimal power in the Mars atmospheric condition using a high-fidelity numerical model and to assess the hummingbird MAV in the Mars conditions,” Kang wrote.
According to the Guardian, the robotic bees could be used to detect the presence of Methane emissions in the air, which could determine if there are any signs of life on Mars. It’s unclear how the project will fare going into the next phase, but you can’t beat the visual of sending a bunch of robotic bees to Mars.
Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and the resident Game of Thrones expert at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has brought her knowledge to conventions like Con of Thrones. She is based in New Jersey.