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...
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...
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 ...
Fancy a world where jellyfish get speedy?
New prosthetic could turn them into assets, researchers say.
US engineers have developed a tiny prosthetic they say motivates jellyfish to swim with greater speed and efficiency ...
Robot pigeon promises new flying machines
Producing a prototype for avian-inspired aviation.
As early aviators discovered, sometimes to their terminal cost, the way in which birds fly is complicated and complex...
Robots made of living animal cells
‘Xenobots’ are unique lifeforms designed by artificial intelligence.
It feels like some sort of line has been crossed, or at least blurred: researchers in the US have created robots made...
Smooth moves at the M-Block party
These robots know who else is in the crowd.
These are “M-Blocks”, self-transforming robot blocks that can jump, spin, flip and even identify each other using a t...
New solution to weighty issue
Using drones to learn more about large cetaceans.
There’s always been a problem with checking the mass, length and various other characteristics of wild whales. Probl...
Fishy robot outswims the school
Fake fish proves mighty fine at fin-flapping.
An international team’s robotic fish – dubbed Tunabot – has recorded impressive speeds and energy efficiency during t...
A robot glider that takes off from water
Acetylene gas offers solution to high power demand.
The laws of physics can be brutal, and perhaps nowhere are they more so than in the field of robotics. Researchers a...
Mini robo-snakes in our brains?
They may explore cerebral blood vessels and lasering blockages.
Perching exactly at the intersection of amazing and deeply creepy, tiny snake-like robots may soon be used to perform...
Robo exo-suits to improve exercise
Project uses biomechanics but tests fashion sense.
The solution to a major challenge in robotics might have a significant downside, at least in terms of appearances. T...