• New school of thought on how fish swim

    Robots reveal the value of vortex phase matching.

    Do fish save energy by swimming in schools? New technology suggests the answer to this old question is yes. German...

    News October 27, 2020
  • Can robot cars drive more like us?

    Researchers develop a model based on managing risk.

    Robot cars would be a bit less robotic if they drove a bit more like us, Dutch researchers suggest. And they may have...

    News October 2, 2020
  • Showing what we think about robots

    Scientists can make predictions based on brain activity.

    When you look at a robot, do you tend to think of it as having human attributes or as a mechanical algorithm? Scie...

    AI October 1, 2020
  • Curly’s a competitor

    Robot beats humans in that compelling sport on ice.

    Like most Australians, I know next to nothing about curling, the sport in which competitors slide a polished stone ac...

    News September 24, 2020
  • These bots were made for walkin’

    Taking baby steps with standard electronic signals.

    A Cornell University collaboration is trying to up the ante on walking robots by developing some you can control with...

    News August 28, 2020
  • Self-heal like a squid

    A new material inspired by natural protein.

    US and German researchers have developed a self-healing material inspired by squid ring teeth protein. Yes, you read ...

    Materials July 30, 2020
  • 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
  • Where robotics meets quantum computing

    Researchers adapt techniques to overcome noise.

    Australian physicists say they have adapted techniques from autonomous vehicles and robotics to efficiently assess th...

    Core Sciences June 17, 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
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