Physicists discover how the outer shell of a hornet can harvest solar power
As every middle-school child knows, in the process of photosynthesis, plants take the sun's energy and convert it to electrical energy. Now a Tel Aviv University team has demonstrated how a member of the animal ...
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.
The real 'Iron Man' exoskeleton does the work of two to three soldiers (w/ Video)
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.
Japanese robo-suit promises superpowers for greying farmers
While Robocop and Iron Man can dodge bullets and crush villains, a new powered suit from Japan promises its elderly users more modest powers, such as pulling up radishes without getting a backache.
N.Zealand inventors unveil bionic legs for paraplegics (w/ Video)
Two New Zealand inventors have produced what they claim are the world's first robotic legs to help paraplegics walk again.
Disabled Japanese tourist plans robo-suit adventure
A disabled Japanese adventurer says he is planning to leave his wheelchair behind and walk up a medieval French World Heritage site next year with the help of a cutting-edge robotic suit.
ExoHand: Glove for hand power is showcased at Hanover fair (w/ video)
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, ...
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 ...
Lockheed Martin tests the advanced HULC robotic exoskeleton
Lockheed Martin recently began laboratory testing of an improved next-generation design of its HULC advanced robotic exoskeleton. The testing brings HULC a step closer to readiness to support troops on the ...
Robotic suit nothing short of a miracle
In the December 7 episode of the TV hit Glee, the character Artie, a high school student who is confined to a wheelchair, gets up and starts walking. Was the device "just Hollywood magic or based on real science?" asks a ...
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, ...
Death of coral reefs could devastate nations
(AP) -- Coral reefs are dying, and scientists and governments around the world are contemplating what will happen if they disappear altogether.