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Gy can move or even dislodge organs. Gx This is the classic lips-peeled-back G-force. S. Air Force Colonel John Stapp showed a human can survive more than 45 Gx. Gz The vertical G-force arises when the craft performs loops. It induces tunnel vision and unconsciousness when too much G-force drains blood from the head. 58 / p opu l a r Sc i e nc e / JAN UARY 2 0 1 4 Earth (and briefy subjecting them to roughly 6 Gs). At 70,000 feet, the tail returns to its normal position, and the craf glides to Earth for another 25 minutes.

TechJect, a company that spun off from work done at the Georgia Institute of Technology, recently unveiled a robotic dragonfly with a six-inch wingspan. 5 grams (lighter than a quarter) and can be outfitted with modular electronics packages enabling high-definition video and wireless communication. The TechJect Dragonfly takes advantage of an aerodynam- THE COMING SWARM Single bio-inspired drones are useful, but dozens can work together to accomplish a complex task. Vijay Kumar, an engineer at the University of Pennsylvania, teamed up with Arizona State University biologist Stephen Pratt to apply three lessons learned from ant swarms to fleets of quadrotors.

The screen in front of me shows a level horizon, mountains passing beneath me. My inner ear knows something is not right. It can sense that I’m actually moving in a circle and keeps sending my eyes to the lef in an efort to fnd what it knows is the real horizon, somewhere outside this capsule. I have to fght to keep focused on the false, fat one projected in front of me. “I’m a little dizzy,” I say faintly. “Okay, just rest until you’re ready,” Swee replies. the spatialdisorientation trainer is designed to emulate spins, dives, and other vestibular nightmares.

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