ExoHand: Glove for hand power is showcased at Hanover fair (w/ video)
Evolution in reverse: insects recover lost 'wings'
The extravagant headgear of small bugs called treehoppers are in fact wing-like appendages that grew back 200 million years after evolution had supposedly cast them aside, according to a study published Thursday ...
Silk moth's antenna inspires new nanotech tool with applications in Alzheimer's research
By mimicking the structure of the silk moth's antenna, University of Michigan researchers led the development of a better nanopore---a tiny tunnel-shaped tool that could advance understanding of a class of ...
US special forces may get 'Iron Man' suit (Update)
In the 2008 movie "Iron Man," the main character becomes a superhero after building a suit of armor with an exoskeleton that gives him incredible strength.
Low oxygen triggers moth molt
A new explanation for one of nature's most mysterious processes, the transformation of caterpillars into moths or butterflies, might best be described as breathless.
'All systems go' for a paralyzed person to kick off the World Cup
According to researchers in the Walk Again Project, all systems are go for a bold demonstration of neuroscience and cognitive technology in action: On June 12, during the opening of the FIFA 2014 World Cup ...
Cyborg-walkers stride toward Japan's robotics future
Three Japanese cyborg look-alikes turned heads on busy Tokyo streets and subway trains Monday as they made their way to a robotics conference on a hot summer's day -- without breaking a sweat.
Paraplegics have been given new hope for walking (w/ Video)
World Cup robo-suit team dismiss underwhelmed critics
The team behind the brain-controlled suit that helped a paraplegic kick a football at the World Cup opening ceremony defended itself Saturday against critics who said the demonstration was underwhelming.
Are our bones well designed? Insects and crabs have a leg up on us
Researchers from Trinity College Dublin have recently shown that the legs of grasshoppers and crabs have the ideal shape to resist bending and compression. If human leg bones were built the same way, they ...
Could the humble sea urchin hold the key to carbon capture?
A chance discovery that sea urchins use Nickel ions to harness carbon dioxide from the sea to grow their exoskeleton could be the key to capturing tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere.
Running robot: MABEL is now the world's fastest two-legged robot with knees (w/ video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- A robot in a University of Michigan lab can run like a human -- a feat that represents the height of agility and efficiency for a two-legged machine. With a peak pace of 6.8 miles per hour, ...
Breakthrough: Scientists harness the power of electricity in the brain (w/ Video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- A paralyzed patient may someday be able to "think" a foot into flexing or a leg into moving, using technology that harnesses the power of electricity in the brain, and scientists at University of Michigan ...
Scientists mimic fireflies to make brighter LEDs
The nighttime twinkling of fireflies has inspired scientists to modify a light-emitting diode (LED) so it is more than one and a half times as efficient as the original. Researchers from Belgium, France, ...