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This is What Moondust Looks Like When You Remove All the Oxygen. A Pile of Metal

4 days ago

The Moon has abundant oxygen and minerals, things that are indispensable to any space-faring civilization. The problem is…
NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds an Ancient Oasis on Mars

October 8, 2019

If you could travel back in time 3.5 billion years, what would Mars look like? The picture is…
A low-cost, open-source, computer-assisted microscope based on Raspberry Pi

October 2, 2019

Low-cost open labware is a good thing in the world, and I was particularly pleased when micropalaeontologist Martin…
What Will It Take To Feed A Million People On Mars?

October 2, 2019

In 2017, Elon Musk laid out his grand sweeping plans for the future of SpaceX, the company that…
NASA Designing Shapeshifting Robots for Saturn’s Moons

September 26, 2019

Mini robots that can roll, fly, float and swim, then morph into a single machine? Together they form…
Roofing drone nails down shingles

September 23, 2019

An octocopter capable of attaching asphalt shingles to roofs with a nail gun has been demonstrated at the…
Shape-Shifting Robot Built from “Smarticles” Shows New Locomotion Strategy

September 19, 2019

Building conventional robots typically requires carefully combining components like motors, batteries, actuators, body segments, legs and wheels. Now,…
First Hydrogel to Repair Heart Is Safe to Inject in Humans

September 17, 2019

Ventrix, a University of California San Diego spin-off company, has successfully conducted a first-in-human, FDA-approved Phase 1 clinical…
A robot with a firm yet gentle grasp

September 13, 2019

Human hands are remarkably skilled at manipulating a range of objects. We can pick up an egg or…
Soft-bodied swimming robot uses only light for power and steering

September 10, 2019

In a paper in Science Robotics, materials scientists from the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering describe a new…
First report of superconductivity in a nickel oxide material

August 30, 2019

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have made the first nickel…
Scurrying Roaches Help Researchers Steady Staggering Robots

August 27, 2019

Ew, a cockroach! But it zips off before the swatter appears. Now, researchers have leveraged the bug’s superb…
Scientists developed a new tool to make internet more accessible for the visually impaired

August 26, 2019

Visually impaired face difficulty navigating the world and this does include the internet. Web provides us with necessary…
Orion Hot Fire Test Blazing a Safe Trail for NASA Missions to the Moon

August 24, 2019

The Northrop Grumman built attitude control motor (ACM) on Orion’s launch abort system was successfully tested on August 22, at…
NASA-JPL Names ‘Rolling Stones Rock’ on Mars

August 23, 2019

For decades, the music of The Rolling Stones has had a global reach here on Earth. Now, the…
A Promising Step in Returning Bipedal Mobility

August 22, 2019

Engineers at Caltech have launched a new research initiative aimed at restoring natural and stable locomotion to individuals…
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New approach to math gives kids ‘hands-on’ experience with numbers

August 15, 2019

Education experts have noticed that a growing number of children are struggling with number fluency—the ability to reason…
CubeSats Dance: One Water-Powered NASA Spacecraft Commands Another in Orbit

August 6, 2019

On June 21, 2019, NASA demonstrated the first coordinated maneuver between two CubeSats in low-Earth orbit as part…
The robot is built of a layered material that bends and straightens when AC voltage is applied, causing it to spring forward in a “leapfrogging” motion. (UC Berkeley photo by Stephen McNally)
You can’t squash this roach-inspired robot

August 5, 2019

If the sight of a skittering bug makes you squirm, you may want to look away — a…
Soft Wearable Health Monitor Uses Stretchable Electronics

August 1, 2019

A wireless, wearable monitor built with stretchable electronics could allow comfortable, long-term health monitoring of adults, babies and…
Solar Flares, Bubble Rings, and Ink Chandeliers

July 29, 2019

Computer simulations elucidate the mathematics governing twisting vortex rings. Engineers from Caltech have generated a computer simulation of…
NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover Does Biceps Curls

July 27, 2019

The robotic arm on NASA’s Mars 2020 rover does not have deltoids, triceps or biceps, but it can…
Emotion recognition: a computer system that knows how you feel

July 26, 2019

Could a computer, at a glance, tell the difference between a joyful image and a depressing one? Could…
NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

July 25, 2019

On July 23, 1999, the Space Shuttle Columbia blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center carrying the Chandra X-ray Observatory.…
New measurement of universe’s expansion rate is “stuck in the middle”

July 23, 2019

A team of collaborators from Carnegie and the University of Chicago used red giant stars that were observed…
Crystalline ‘artificial muscle’ makes paper doll do sit-ups

July 18, 2019

Scary movies about dolls that can move, like Anabelle and Chucky, are popular at theaters this summer. Meanwhile,…
Tiny Vibration-Powered Robots Are the Size of the World’s Smallest Ant

July 17, 2019

Researchers have created a new type of tiny 3D-printed robot that moves by harnessing vibration from piezoelectric actuators,…
Toolkit allows broad audience to make artificial muscles

July 16, 2019

Every advancement in the field of soft robotics brings researchers one step closer to developing wearable, surgical and…
‘Robotic Blood’ Powers and Propels Synthetic Lionfish

July 15, 2019

Biology is full of highly complex systems that scientists have long studied in an attempt to mimic their…
UW Medicine: 12 patients saved with Hep C transplant protocol in Year 1

July 15, 2019

In the first year of a new protocol, UW Medicine specialists transplanted 13 patients with donor organs – seven…
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