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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...

Scientists develop the fastest soft robots yet

Inspired by the biomechanics of cheetahs, researchers have developed a new type of soft robot that is capable of moving more quickly on solid...

People think robots are pretty incompetent and not funny

Dang robots are crummy at so many jobs, and they tell lousy jokes to boot. In two new studies, these were common biases human participants...

How many jobs do robots really replace?

In many parts of the U.S., robots have been replacing workers over the last few decades. But to what extent, really? Some technologists have forecast that...

Researchers give robotic arms a steady hand for surgeries

Steady hands and uninterrupted, sharp vision are critical when performing surgery on delicate structures like the brain or hair-thin blood vessels. While surgical cameras have...

Scientists convert heat into electricity to power autonomous robots for months

An energy-efficient generator intended to power private residences could power autonomous military vehicles for months, according to Army researchers. A team of scientists and engineers...

New scavenger technology allows robots to ‘eat’ metal for energy

When electronics need their own power sources, there are two basic options: batteries and harvesters. Batteries store energy internally, but are therefore heavy and have...

Tiny robots could swim through the body and deliver drugs to tumors

Tiny biohybrid robots on the micrometer scale can swim through the body and deliver drugs to tumors or provide other cargo-carrying functions. The natural environmental...

Researchers create shape-changing, free-roaming soft robot

A new type of robot combines traditional and soft robotics, making it safe but sturdy. Once inflated, it can change shape and move without...

“Sensorized” skin helps soft robots find their bearings

MIT researchers have created a “sensorized” skin, made with kirigami-inspired sensors, that gives soft robots greater awareness of the motion and position of their...

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