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.
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.
Image: Our flocculent neighbour, the spiral galaxy M33
The spiral galaxy M33, also known as the Triangulum Galaxy, is one of our closest cosmic neighbours, just three million light-years away. Home to some forty billion stars, it is the third largest in the ...
Arm swinging reduces the metabolic cost of running
Have you ever tried running without swinging your arms? It's not easy. Each step jars and it feels like hard work: but is it? Christopher Arellano, from Brown University, USA, says, 'We know from the literature ...
Black hole fireworks in nearby galaxy
(Phys.org) —Celebrants this Fourth of July will enjoy the dazzling lights and booming shock waves from the explosions of fireworks. A similarly styled event is taking place in the galaxy Messier 106, as ...