Meet the Lean, Green Flying Machine

A new kind of drone is inspired by nature — and designed to protect it.

RELATED TAGS: SUSTAINABILITY, GADGETS
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In 2013, a 400-pound research drone went missing off the coast of Alaska, threatening the very environment that the scientists were studying. Fortunately, the fuel tank didn’t rupture, and fishermen recovered the wreckage without mishap. But the near-miss inspired NASA biologist Lynn Rothschild to design a new kind of drone: one that would have minimal environmental impact if it crashed because it would be made of biodegradable materials, such as bacteria and fungus. Although Rothschild sa...
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