Six-legged 'snake monster' is first of new breed of reconfigurable modular robots (w/ Video)
(Phys.org)—Carnegie Mellon University's latest robot is called Snake Monster, however, with six legs, it looks more like an insect than a snake. But it really doesn't matter what you call it, says its inventor, ...
Helping rhinos from space
Official figures suggest this year will be the deadliest yet for rhinos, breaking the 2013 record of 1004 deaths from poaching. A new idea using space telescope technology could help rangers in their difficult ...
Multifold challenges for districts level retrofitting
Retrofitting a district is quite different from retrofitting a single building: the technological challenges involved are far greater.
New species and surprising findings in the Mariana Trench
The Mariana Trench located in the Western Pacific near Guam hosts the deepest place on earth, and has been the focus of high profile voyages to conquer its deepest point, Challenger Deep. A recent expedition ...
Getting bot responders into shape
Sandia National Laboratories is tackling one of the biggest barriers to the use of robots in emergency response: energy efficiency.
Robin Williams' suicide seizes the year on Google
Robin Williams' suicide seared into the world's collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google.
Two robots, one challenge, endless possibility
To the theme song of "2001: A Space Odyssey," a robot with a twisty spine rolled toward Thomas Rosenbaum, the new president of the California Institute of Technology, on Oct. 24, as he stood on a stage at ...
Ice bucket, Brazil elections popular on Facebook
Day after day, Facebook captures our best and worst moments, from the birth of a new baby to heated political spats. So what got discussed the most in 2014? The Ice Bucket Challenge and the death of Robin ...
DMI wins Nokia Sensing X Challenge with handheld medical device
Spain defends Canaries oil drilling plan
Spain on Friday launched a legal challenge to defend plans to explore for oil and gas off the Canary Islands, a popular tourist destination.
Will Americans accept self-driving cars?
Just before the turn of the 20th century, a new and frightening technology was introduced to the American public. These "horseless carriages"—as the first motorized vehicles were called—were deemed loud, ...
Advances in computer mobility, connectivity and networks
Today, many people run computer applications on devices that move around, whether they are computers on buses or trains, in cars or in other transportable places, or in a pocket or purse, such as the ubiquitous ...
MIT ATLAS robot demo shows advanced moves (w/ Video)
Water-starved South Asia fills buckets with rice, not ice
Water-starved South Asian nations have devised their own answer to the Ice Bucket Challenge taking the social media world by storm, instead filling buckets with rice and other supplies for the needy.