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Synthetic neurons project offers platform for disease treatment, further brain research

January 10, 2020

A Purdue research project is taking an engineering approach to build synthetic neurons. The body can recover from…
Bees’ movements may lead to new swimming, flying robots

January 9, 2020

Walking on Caltech’s campus, engineer Chris Roh happened to see a bee stuck in the water of Millikan Pond. Although…
Brain-like behavior observed in nanoscale device

December 17, 2019

‘Tiny silver brains’ could have long-term implications for more powerful, energy-efficient computing. UCLA scientists James Gimzewski and Adam…
Stronger 3D-printed lightweight structures may be based on “buildings” in human bone

December 6, 2019

What do bones and 3D-printed buildings have in common? They both have columns and beams on the inside…
Bio-inspired hydrogel can rapidly switch to rigid plastic

December 4, 2019

A new material that stiffens 1,800-fold when exposed to heat could protect motorcyclists and racecar drivers during accidents.…
Researchers Inspired by How Plants, Bacteria Can Harvest Sunlight Energy

November 14, 2019

Plants and bacteria use antennae and other physical structures to capture sunlight. But how is that sunlight energy…
Inspired by abalone shells, researcher develops strong, lightweight metal

November 12, 2019

The United States has abundant reserves of natural gas, which burns cleaner and more efficiently than gasoline, producing…
Stingray-inspired spacecraft aims to explore dark side of Venus

November 12, 2019

Venus is Earth’s neighbor, yet scientists’ understanding of the planet is relatively limited, especially on the so-called “dark…
This Artificial Leaf Turns Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Into Fuel

November 8, 2019

There is no doubt that climate change is a very serious (and worsening) problem. According to a recent…
Insect-inspired motion sensing

November 5, 2019

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory took inspiration from flying insects to demonstrate a…
Chameleon’s tongue strike inspires fast-acting robots that catch live insects in the blink of an eye

October 30, 2019

A new class of entirely soft robots and actuators capable of re-creating bioinspired high-powered and high-speed motions using…
Porcupinefish inspires sturdy superhydrophobic material

September 20, 2019

Nature has evolved a dazzling array of materials that help organisms thrive in diverse habitats. Sometimes, scientists can…
Pearls inspire new material for body armor

September 17, 2019

Round, smooth and iridescent, pearls are among the world’s most exquisite jewels; they have fascinated humanity since ancient…
A chameleon-inspired smart skin changes color in the sun

September 16, 2019

Some creatures, such as chameleons and neon tetra fish, can alter their colors to camouflage themselves, attract a…
Can bacteria help people to mine asteroids?

August 2, 2019

It may sound like science fiction, but so-called biomining is already a reality on Earth. Now, Luis Zea…
NASA is Building Robots That Can Climb Rock and Ice Cliffs

July 17, 2019

NASA has pioneered the development of all kinds of robots and robotic systems. Beyond its0 orbiters and satellites,…
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…
Superstrong, Reversible Adhesive That Works Like Snail Slime

June 18, 2019

If you’ve ever pressed a picture-hanging strip onto the wall only to realize it’s slightly off-center, you know…
The mantis shrimp’s perfect shield

June 18, 2019

How do you protect yourself from the perfect striking weapon? You develop the perfect shield. If you’re a…
“Spidey senses” could help autonomous machines see better

May 21, 2019

Researchers are building animal-inspired sensors into the shells of aircraft, cars. What if drones and self-driving cars had…
“Frankenstein” materials could revolutionize building construction

May 17, 2019

In Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein created a living being out of lifeless limbs, challenging the…
What can autonomous vehicles learn from the flight behavior of birds?

May 14, 2019

As we move toward a future where networks of self-driving cars and drones occupy our highways and skyways,…
Hummingbird robot uses AI to soon go where drones can’t

May 10, 2019

What can fly like a bird and hover like an insect? Your friendly neighborhood hummingbirds. If drones had…
Snake-inspired robot slithers even better than predecessor

April 29, 2019

Bad news for ophiophobes: Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed…
The sticky science of underwater adhesives

April 18, 2019

Mussels stick to rocks on the seafloor, to aquatic plants, and — to the consternation of boaters —…
Wood-based Technology Creates Electricity from Heat

March 26, 2019

A University of Maryland-led team of researchers has created a heat-to-electricity device that runs on ions and which…
Detecting Undersea Activity by Analyzing Behaviors of Marine Organisms

February 18, 2019

Incorporation of biological signals will extend range, lifetime, and performance of undersea surveillance technologies in strategic waters. Goliath…
Feathers: Better Than Velcro?

January 17, 2019

You may have seen a kid play with a feather, or you may have played with one yourself:…
New AI system mimics how humans visualize and identify objects

December 18, 2018

A computer vision system developed at UCLA can identify objects based on only partial glimpses, like by using…
New Foldable Drone Flies through Narrow Holes in Rescue Missions

December 12, 2018

The new drone can squeeze itself to pass through gaps and then go back to its previous shape,…
Resonant mechanism discovery could inspire ultra-thin acoustic absorbers

November 20, 2018

New research led by academics at the University of Bristol has discovered that the scales on moth wings…
Stanford engineers develop tiny light detectors that work like gecko ears

November 8, 2018

Geckos and many other animals have heads that are too small to triangulate the location of noises the…
Build your own robotic cat: Petoi returns

October 25, 2018

Who wouldn’t want a robot kitten? Exactly — we knew you’d understand! And so does the Petoi team,…
Eco-Friendly Nanoparticles for Artificial Photosynthesis

October 1, 2018

Researchers at the University of Zurich have developed a nanoparticle type for novel use in artificial photosynthesis by…
Manta rays’ food-capturing mechanism may hold key to better filtration systems

September 28, 2018

Manta rays strain their tiny food from mouthfuls of seawater in a novel way that could hold the…
Physicists Train Robotic Gliders to Soar like Birds

September 20, 2018

The words “fly like an eagle” are famously part of a song, but they may also be words…
How honeybee swarms could shape future building design

September 19, 2018

The natural world has had billions of years of evolution to perfect systems, creating elegant solutions to tricky…
Is your furniture putting you at risk for cancer? Underwater glue is a safe solution

September 10, 2018

Unique, toxin-free adhesive system, inspired from underwater creatures, has been developed by Purdue University researchers. WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.…
Stretching Beyond Limits

August 21, 2018

In the world of materials, rigidity and elasticity are usually on opposite ends of the continuum. Typically, the…
New GRASP project aims to leverage ‘embodied intelligence’ via a robotic squirrel

August 17, 2018

It takes about a year before human infants master their own motor skills well enough to walk. While…
Prepare yourself for winter with the help of squirrels and Raspberry Pi

August 1, 2018

This article from The MagPi issue 72 explores Carsten Dannat’s Squirrel Cafe project and his mission to predict…
Material Formed from Crab Shells and Trees Could Replace Flexible Plastic Packaging

August 1, 2018

From liquid laundry detergent packaged in cardboard to compostable plastic cups, consumer products these days are increasingly touting…
Carnivorous plant inspires sustainable mosquito-control device

July 18, 2018

Cornell researchers are biting back at deadly mosquito-borne illnesses, using nature’s own tricks. A team in the College…
Creature feature: Twisting cracks impart superhero toughness to animals

June 25, 2018

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Super-resilient materials found in the animal kingdom owe their strength and toughness to a…
The first wireless flying robotic insect takes off

May 24, 2018

Insect-sized flying robots could help with time-consuming tasks like surveying crop growth on large farms or sniffing out…
Researchers Mimic Comet Moth’s Silk Fibers to Make “Air-conditioned” Fabric

May 23, 2018

In exploring the optical properties of the Madagascar comet moth’s cocoon fibers, Columbia Engineering team discovers the fibers’…
For Glaucoma-Monitoring Sensor Design, Researchers Looked to the Butterfly Wing

May 7, 2018

An easy-to-use implant sensor for at-home glaucoma monitoring developed by researchers at Caltech and tested at UC San…
Butterfly Wings Inspire Light-Manipulating Surface for Medical Implants

May 4, 2018

Sections of the wings of a longtail glasswing butterfly are almost perfectly transparent. Three years ago, Caltech postdoctoral…
Army, Cornell researchers Study Octopus Skin to Use in Camouflage

April 27, 2018

Researchers are studying texture-changing octopus skin to see if the military can use its camouflaging properties. “This research…
​A better fake leather, inspired by plants

April 24, 2018

If you’ve ever stained your favorite leather-look jacket or had to peel your bare legs from a sticky…
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