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With a hop, a skip and a jump, high-flying robot leaps over obstacles with ease

May 23, 2019

Topping out at less than a foot, Salto the robot looks like a Star Wars imperial walker in…
Tactile feedback adds ‘muscle sense’ to prosthetic hand

May 30, 2017

Engineers working to add “muscle sense” to prosthetic limbs found that tactile feedback on the skin allowed blindfolded…
Overhand or underhand? Fast or slow? Study explores optimal throwing strategies

April 27, 2017

Whether you’re pitching in a major league baseball game or tossing crumpled paper into the trash, the act…
Soft robots that mimic human muscles

October 12, 2016

An EPFL team is developing soft, flexible and reconfigurable robots. Air-actuated, they behave like human muscles and may…
New high-power Evinrude outboard built with UW-Madison software

June 13, 2016

To understand what happens inside the cylinder of an outboard motor running at 5500 rpm, BRP/Evinrude got some…
Untangling the mechanics of knots

September 16, 2015

Got rope? Then try this experiment: Cross both ends, left over right, then bring the left end under…
Seashell strength inspires stress tests

May 20, 2015

Mollusks got it right. They have soft innards, but their complex exteriors are engineered to protect them in harsh…
Blueberry research focuses on gentler methods of harvesting tiny fruit

April 30, 2015

Getting more blueberries from the field to the grocery store, without hurting their quality, is the focus of…
Researchers Address Long-standing Mysteries Behind Anti-wear Motor Oil Additive

March 13, 2015

The pistons in your car engine rub up against their cylinder walls thousands of times a minute; without…
Restoration Begins on NIST’s Million-Pound Deadweight Machine

January 29, 2015

For the first time in half a century, NIST’s 4.45-million newton (equivalent to one million pounds-force) deadweight machine…
Researchers Develop a Magnetic Levitating Gear

December 1, 2014

Researchers from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) are developing a new transmission mechanism with no touching parts,…
New analytical technology reveals ‘nanomechanical’ surface traits

August 29, 2014

A new research platform uses a laser to measure the “nanomechanical” properties of tiny structures undergoing stress and…
Magic promotes understanding

June 13, 2014

At first glance, measuring technology and magic seem at odds, but measuring technology engineer Jakob Rasmussen from DTU Mechanical…
Fast, furious, and soon to be electric: The MIT Formula SAE team heats up the road

April 24, 2014

Early on Saturday mornings, before the rest of campus stirs awake, Jacqueline Sly ’14 grabs coffee and heads…
The ‘bricycle’ dilemma – to steer or balance?

March 28, 2014

When you were learning to ride a bicycle you thought gravity was your enemy, trying to make you…
Getting rid of bad vibrations

March 18, 2014

Scanning electron microscopes are extremely sensitive and even subtle movements going on around them can affect their accuracy.…
University Robotics: Raiders of the Lost Can

March 17, 2014

There is more than one way to get an empty soup can to the top of a five-foot…
Researchers Help Design Easy-to-Open, Child-Resistant Medicine Bottle

November 19, 2013

Opening prescription medicine bottles can be a struggle for individuals with arthritis. When the medicine inside the bottle…
Terramechanics research aims to keep Mars rovers rolling

September 5, 2013

In May 2009, the Mars rover Spirit cracked through a crusty layer of Martian topsoil, sinking into softer…
Entrepreneur giving shuttle truss new uses

June 27, 2013

A truss design devised to help workers process space shuttles continues to find new uses as a space…
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