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Published: Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 12:01 a.m.

A poke in the eye

  • This image provided by AeroVironment Inc., shows a life-size Hummingbird-like unmanned aircraft, named Nano Hummingbird, developed by AeroVironment In...

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    This image provided by AeroVironment Inc., shows a life-size Hummingbird-like unmanned aircraft, named Nano Hummingbird, developed by AeroVironment Inc., for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The prototype has a wingspan of 6.5 inches, weighs two-thirds of an ounce and has a body fairing shaped like a real hummingbird.

Double your treasure: Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, the most famous twins since Tami and Debi Doublemint, are contesting their out-of-court settlement with Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, claiming the social network was their idea not Zuckerberg's.

The twins are seeking $600 million, only half of which can be in FarmVille game credits.

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Add a page to your Sibley's guide: The Pentagon has spent $4 million on a prototype drone aircraft for surveillance that looks and flies like a hummingbird, has a 6.5-inch wingspan and weighs less than a AA battery.

You might want to study the photo so you know what to look for when your cat has $4 million worth of military technology clenched in its maw.

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Think small: EADS, the French-based parent of Airbus, has ten days to decide whether it will challenge the U.S. Air Force's decision to award a $30 billion contract for 179 aerial refueling tankers to Boeing.

But rather than pursue the massive tankers, EADS says it's downsizing its ambitions and will turn its attention to winning the contract for 7,500 hummingbird drones and a fleet of aerial hummingbird feeders.

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