Praying mantises fitted with blue and green miniature glasses prove the insects use 3D vision to hunt. This could help scientists better understand how vision evolved in humans, and ultimately improve visual perception in robots.
Using the natural movements observed in plants, researchers believe they can make tiny robots move with the use of electricity.
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon and University of Texas have developed a soft robotic hand embedded with sensors. They say it will be more adept at handling things and understanding what it is touching.
COTSbot to the rescue! A robotics team has developed a robot to eliminate the invasive crown-of-thorns (COTS) starfish, which is a huge threat to the Great Barrier Reef. What next, a robot for Lionfish in U.S. waters?
Using a suite of undersea vehicles and robotics, scientists have located unique carbon dioxide pools -- beautiful and iridescent -- in an Aegean caldera.
A new robot, 3D printed in one printing session, uses a unique design modeled on nature to layer from a stiff core to soft outsides. It is touchable and durable.
Robots can apparently adapt like animals, new research finds, a trait that could provide tremendous benefits to society such as in search-and-rescue missions and putting out forest fires.
Ants: they are tenacious little bugs that can be found just about anywhere. Nothing stops an ant from foraging for food and finding new nooks and crannies to explore - not even, it seems, an absence of gravity.
It seems we are a lot closer to the fantastical idea of uploading our minds into computer than most people have ever imagined. Researchers have recently copied the "mind" of a living roundworm and put it into a small robot, taking us a step closer to the amazing (albeit somewhat disturbing) reality of Hollywood's Transcendence.
Students at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich recently rolled out a highly maneuverable aquatic robot that they claim is the "only four finned cuttlefish robot in the world." And while that may seem like a pretty strange thing to boast, the cuttlefish is an incredible animal, and has been inspiring the technological world for some time.
We've already seen volcano diving daredevils, go-pros and drones, but what about robots which can get the job done all the time? Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) are working to make this a reality, potentially opening up new opportunities for otherwise risky geological research.
The face of search and rescue, traditionally characterized by brave men and women and your occasional St. Bernard, just got a bit uglier. That's because researchers have created cyborg cockroaches that are capable of homing in on the sound of distressed disaster victims in tight spaces.
MIT recently introduced the world to a tiny robot designed to carry out a big responsibility: securing our international ports. Taking ultrasounds of hulls and water tanks, enthusiasts are suggesting that this little automaton can not only identify where smugglers would stash their contraband, but could potentially identify the presence of invasive hitchhikers as well.
Researchers investigating robotic locomotion recently took a tiny mechanical swimmer to the sea for the first time, testing how well it can swim in real churning waters. The robot, inspired by the "sculling" motion of octopus, boasts eight legs and can even slowly crawl along the ocean floor.