Ants follow Fermat's principle of least time
Festo builds BionicOpter—fully functional robot dragonfly (w/ Video)
Building molecules: Serendipity pays off
Serendipity – the act of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it – can sometimes pay off. Now Princeton University chemistry researchers report that this non-specific ...
NASA uses Leap Motion to move ATHLETE rover (w/ video)
Robot ants successfully mimic real colony behavior
Scientists have successfully replicated the behaviour of a colony of ants on the move with the use of miniature robots, as reported in the journal PLOS Computational Biology.
Researchers unveil large robotic jellyfish that one day could patrol oceans (w/ video)
Virginia Tech College of Engineering researchers have unveiled a life-like, autonomous robotic jellyfish the size and weight of a grown man, 5 foot 7 inches in length and weighing 170 pounds.
Swarming robots could be the servants of the future (w/ video)
Swarms of robots acting together to carry out jobs could provide new opportunities for humans to harness the power of machines.
Knowing the unknown: Researchers work to build robots' awareness of their own limitations
Robot butlers that tidy your house or cook you a meal have long been the dream of science-fiction writers and artificial intelligence researchers alike.
'Snow White' coating protects SpaceX Dragon's trunk against rigors of space
(Phys.org) —He described it as "snow white." But NASA astronaut Don Pettit was not referring to the popular children's fairy tale.
SpaceX Dragon cargo ship leaves space station
The Dragon cargo ship has left the International Space Station and is on its way back to Earth.
New book by Carnegie Mellon roboticist suggests humans brace themselves for robo-innovation
Robots already vacuum our floors, help dispose of bombs and are exploring Mars. But in his new book, "Robot Futures," Illah Nourbakhsh, professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, argues that robots are not just ...
Harnessing robot research a searching task
A new laboratory dedicated to technologies at the cutting edge of an emerging field of robotics could radically improve the way search and rescue operations are conducted. The Monash Swarm Robotics Laboratory ...
Teachable moments: Robots learn our humanistic ways
(Phys.org) —Robots can observe human behavior and—like a human baby—deduce a reasonable approach to handling specific objects.