Robotic creepy-crawlies climb walls
Two teams of researchers exploit electrostatic forces.
One of the Shanghai team's wall-climbing robots. Gu et al., Sci. Robot. 3, eaat2874 (2018) Two teams of researcher...
Star Wars shows the way on robotics
A droid in the new flick suggests the future of robot design. Sort of.
With the release of Solo: A Star Wars Movie and the rise of its break-out star, a self-modifying droid called L3-37, ...
Robots offer new ways to study sea life
Scuba diving biologists may become an endangered species.
Researchers seeking new ways to explore the ocean have developed an underwater “robotic plankton” inexpensive enough ...
Mantis makes a spectacle of itself
Studying praying mantis vision could lead to cheaper robots.
Stereoscopic vision in praying mantises works in a significantly different way to that found in mammals such as human...
The 10 “great challenges” for robots
Moral boundaries are one of the difficulties faced by bots.
Developing the capacity to make moral decisions is one of the 10 greatest challenges facing robots in the near future...
Robots heal injured pig oesaphagus
A team report success with a cell-regenerating robot implant.
Every so often the march of research seems to take an abrupt turn into the realm of science fiction. For example, a n...
Neurotech may destroy your privacy and rights
Calls for protection against brain-computer interfaces.
At the 2016 Code Conference, held last June in Rancho Palos Verdes in California, US, Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon M...
Coming soon: robots with jellyfish skin
A prototype electronic skin glows when in danger.
An electronic skin that takes a lesson from jellyfish and glows when in danger of being damaged is being developed by...