Scientists track ocean microbe populations in their natural habitat to create a 'day in the life' montage
Microbiologists who study wild marine microbes, as opposed to the lab-grown variety, face enormous challenges in getting a clear picture of the daily activities of their subjects. But a team of scientists ...
Wood on the seafloor: An oasis for deep-sea life
Trees do not grow in the deep sea, nevertheless sunken pieces of wood can develop into oases for deep-sea life - at least temporarily until the wood is fully degraded. A team of Max Planck researchers from ...
NASA's older Mars rover notches another milestone
Opportunity, NASA's other Mars rover, has tooled around the red planet for so long it's easy to forget it's still alive.
Robofish grace glides with the greatest of ease
(Phys.org)—A high-tech robotic fish hatched at Michigan State University has a new look. A new skill. And a new name.
Tiny reef speedster challenges tuna in the ocean sprint
(Phys.org)—Tiny coral reef wrasses can swim as fast as some of the swiftest fish in the ocean – but using only half as much energy to do so, Australian scientists working on the Great Barrier Reef have found.
Machine perception lab reveals robotic one-year-old (w/ video)
(Phys.org)—The world is getting a long-awaited first glimpse at a new humanoid robot in action mimicking the expressions of a one-year-old child. The robot will be used in studies on sensory-motor and social ...
Stanford researchers develop acrobatic space rovers to explore moons, asteroids
(Phys.org)—Stanford researchers, in collaboration with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have designed a robotic platform that could take space exploration ...
Zurich AI team plans March delivery for humanoid Roboy (w/ Video)
Japan security firm to offer private drone
A Japanese security company plans to rent out a private drone that takes off when intruder alarms are tripped and records footage of break-ins as they happen, a spokeswoman said on Thursday.
Telepresence robots let employees 'beam' into work (Update)
Engineer Dallas Goecker attends meetings, jokes with colleagues and roams the office building just like other employees at his company in Silicon Valley.
Dragonflies have human-like 'selective attention'
In a discovery that may prove important for cognitive science, our understanding of nature and applications for robot vision, researchers at the University of Adelaide have found evidence that the dragonfly ...
Adhesion disturbed by noise
Imagine a solid ball rolling down a slightly inclined ramp. What could be perceived as child's play is the focus of serious theoretical research by Manoj Chaudhury and Partho Goohpattader, two physicists ...
Researchers creating team of pingpong-ball-sized robots (w/ Video)
University of Colorado Boulder Assistant Professor Nikolaus Correll likes to think in multiples. If one robot can accomplish a singular task, think how much more could be accomplished if you had hundreds of them.
Professor works to develop power sources for flexible, stretchable electronics
(Phys.org)—Electronic devices become smaller, lighter, faster and more powerful with each passing year. Currently, however, electronics such as cell phones, tablets, laptops, etc., are rigid. But what if ...