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Birds, bats and insects can't fly forever, and neither can microrobotic drones. A new system that taps into the power of static electricity -- the same principle that allows a balloon to stick to a wall -- now allows robotic insects to land and stick to surfaces, greatly extending their operational life.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

Birds, bats and insects can't fly forever, and neither can microrobotic drones. A new system that taps into the power of static electricity -- the same principle that allows a balloon to stick to a wall -- now allows robotic insects to land and stick to surfaces, greatly extending their operational life.