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Pearls inspire new material for body armor

2 days ago

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

3 days ago

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…
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