Toronto team's robotic arm control is all in the mind
3.253 seconds: Robot solves Rubik's Cube in record time at Birmingham fair (w/ video)
Freescale introduces amazingly small ARM MCU
Two human proteins found to affect how 'jumping gene' gets around
Using a new method to catch elusive "jumping genes" in the act, researchers have found two human proteins that are used by one type of DNA to replicate itself and move from place to place. The discovery, ...
Japan's IBIS keyhole surgery robot demonstrated (w/ Video)
Curiosity rover collects first Martian bedrock sample
(Phys.org)—NASA's Curiosity rover has, for the first time, used a drill carried at the end of its robotic arm to bore into a flat, veiny rock on Mars and collect a sample from its interior. This is the ...
LuminAR bulb lights path to augmented reality (w/ video)
Robot Rebuilt gets a grip on wine-serving robot (w/ video)
Split-personality elliptical galaxy holds a hidden spiral
(Phys.org)—Most big galaxies fit into one of two camps: pinwheel-shaped spiral galaxies and blobby elliptical galaxies. Spirals like the Milky Way are hip and happening places, with plenty of gas and dust ...
Mars soil sample delivered for analysis inside rover
(Phys.org)—NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has ingested its first solid sample into an analytical instrument inside the rover, a capability at the core of the two-year mission.
Swirling electrons in the whirlpool galaxy
The whirlpool galaxy Messier 51 (M51) is seen from a distance of approximately 30 million light years. This galaxy appears almost face-on and displays a beautiful system of spiral arms.
Triangulum galaxy snapped by VST
The VLT Survey Telescope at ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile has captured a beautifully detailed image of the galaxy Messier 33. This nearby spiral, the second closest large galaxy to our own galaxy, is ...
SHERLOC to micro-map Mars minerals and carbon rings
(Phys.org) —An ultraviolet-light instrument on the robotic arm of NASA's Mars 2020 rover will use two types of ultraviolet-light spectroscopy, plus a versatile camera, to help meet the mission's ambitious ...
Image: Hubble serves a slice of stars
The thin, glowing streak slicing across this image cuts a lonely figure, with only a few foreground stars and galaxies in the distant background for company.