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This soft robot jellyfish could outswim its natural counterparts

Engineering researchers at North Carolina State University and Temple University have developed soft robots inspired by jellyfish that can outswim their real-life counterparts. More practically,...

Gold nanomaterial gives robots chameleon skin

A new film made of gold nanoparticles changes color in response to any type of movement. Its unprecedented qualities could allow robots to mimic...

Artificial brains may need sleep as much as we do in the future

No one can say whether androids will dream of electric sheep, but they will almost certainly need periods of rest that offer benefits similar...

This cockroach-inspired robot is small but mighty

The microrobot is one of the smallest and most dexterous robots to date. This itsy-bitsy robot can't climb up the waterspout yet but it can...

This robot chef could make omelettes for you

A robot that can cook has been an aspiration of sci-fi authors, futurists, and scientists for decades. As artificial intelligence techniques have advanced, commercial companies...

This robot with six flexible feet could walk up to 40 percent faster

This six-legged robot equipped with the feet designed by UC San Diego engineers can walk up to 40 percent faster than when not equipped...

Scientists develop low-cost GPS-like system for medical robots

Roboticists at the University of California San Diego have developed an affordable, easy to use a system to track the location of flexible surgical...

Scientists create a fast-moving jumping soft robot

Buckling, the sudden loss of structural stability, is usually the stuff of engineering nightmares. Mechanical buckling means catastrophic failure for every structural system from rockets...

Scientists create soft touch for robots

Robots can be made from soft materials, but the flexibility of such robots is limited by the inclusion of rigid sensors necessary for their...

This planetary exploration robot could beat sand traps

The rolling hills of Mars or the moon are a long way from the nearest tow truck. That's why the next generation of exploration rovers...

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