Robotics

  • Robot loose in the chem lab

    Modern researcher makes its own decisions and discoveries.

    This will either inspire or terrify you, depending on your view of such things. British researchers have built an ...

    News July 9, 2020
  • Bubbles for plants and drones for mosquitoes

    Two novel ways of delivering the goods.

    The answer to most things these days is an app or a drone, so it’s rare when one of these falls short of the mark, le...

    News June 19, 2020
  • ‘Spiderlab’ films some free-flying specimens

    Cable-suspended mini lab gathers detailed flight data.

    If you’ve watched a butterfly fluttering around your garden, you’ll know that flying insects have evolved efficient s...

    News June 11, 2020
  • Do you see how I see?

    New artificial eye design mimics the real thing.

    Researchers in Hong Kong have developed a proof-of-concept artificial eye with a similar structure to a human one. An...

    News May 22, 2020
  • To climb, maybe robots need toes

    Researchers watch a gecko in action.

    At right is a close-up of the toepads of a Tokay gecko (Gekko gecko), and it has links to a few branches of science. ...

    Animals May 13, 2020
  • Robot, fly like a ladybug

    Fast wings inspire some soft and compliant origami.

    If you’re worried about machines following you, you may want to ignore the video above. Scientists in South Korea ...

    News April 20, 2020
  • Marine robot multitasking

    Study looks at potential to serve industry and science.

    Underwater robots are regularly used by the oil and gas industry to inspect and maintain offshore structures.  But...

    News April 17, 2020
  • A spring in your step?

    In theory, it could make you run an awful lot faster.

    A spring-powered device attached to human legs could, in theory at least, boost sprinting speed by more than 50% with...

    News March 26, 2020
  • Robotic feelings?

    AI that shows vulnerability makes for better conversation.

    Suppose you’re part of a team in a group activity. One of your team members is uncommunicative, even taciturn. This b...

    News March 11, 2020
  • Algorithm keeps robots on task

    To avoid collisions, they focus on their immediate vicinity.

    US researchers say they have developed the first decentralised algorithm that can stop robots colliding when they are...

    News February 25, 2020
  • Gently does it

    Soft robotic fingers lift jellyfish without stress.

    Soft robots have many uses, and now we can add lifting jellyfish to that list. US researchers have shown that captur...

    News February 24, 2020
  • Snakes in the lab, but all is well

    Engineers develop a robot that can climb like a kingsnake.

    Ophiophobes might suggest we have enough real snakes in the world without creating artificial ones. A robot snake ...

    News February 19, 2020
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