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Robot walks on water

Water striders, insects that walk on the surface of the water, may never set foot on land in their lives, and yet they’re not swimmers. Over the past million or so years, this insect—sometimes called a ...

Jul 11, 2007 feature
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Jumping robots take clues from nature

A group of mechanical engineers from the University of Bath has a peculiar interest in flying squirrels, fleas, and grasshoppers. Inspired by animals considered to be excellent jumpers, the researchers have ...

Jul 06, 2007 feature
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Simplicity may be key to robotic self-reproduction

“Self-reproduction is one of the remarkable feats of biological systems which has remained largely outside the scope of capabilities of traditional engineered systems,” explains Victor Zykov and his colleagues ...

Jun 05, 2007 feature
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Solar Plane to Fly Continuously Around Mars

Sky-Sailor, the working dream of a solar-powered, autonomously-controlled microairplane, has exciting implications in two areas: one on the technological advances of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs); and anothe ...

Mar 14, 2007 feature
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Robot builds itself for special tasks

In one of the latest studies on autonomous robots, scientists sat back and watched as their robot created itself out of smaller robotic modules. The result, called “swarm-bot,” comes in many varieties, ...

Feb 22, 2007 feature
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Robot Discovers Itself, Adapts to Injury

Nothing can possibly go wrong ... go wrong ... go wrong ... The truth behind the old joke is that most robots are programmed with a fairly rigid "model" of what they and the world around them are like. If a ...

Nov 16, 2006
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