Search results for soft robotics

Materials Science 15 hours ago

Scientists invent lightweight liquid metal materials

Room temperature liquid metal, for example Gallium-based alloy, has high electrical and thermal conductivity, and excellent fluidity. They can be used in various application fields such as flexible electronics, wearable devices, ...

Materials Science 14 hours ago

Shining a new light on biomimetic materials

Advances in biomimicry – creating biological responses within non-biological substances – will enable synthetic materials to behave in ways that were typically only found in Nature. Light provides an especially effective ...

Ecology Feb 24, 2020

Soft robot fingers gently grasp deep-sea jellyfish

Marine biologists have adopted "soft robotic linguine fingers" as tools to conduct their undersea research. In a study appearing February 24 in the journal Current Biology, scientists found that jellyfish held by ultra-soft ...

General Physics Feb 19, 2020

Five millimeter diameter motor is powered directly with light

Researchers at the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw, with colleagues from Poland and China used liquid crystal elastomer technology to demonstrate a rotary micromotor powered with light. The 5-millimeter diameter ...

Materials Science Feb 04, 2020

Breakthrough creates tough material able to stretch, heal and defend itself

While eating takeout one day, University of Chicago scientists Bozhi Tian and Yin Fang started thinking about the noodles—specifically, their elasticity. A specialty of Xi'an, Tian's hometown in China, is wheat noodles ...

Nanophysics Feb 07, 2020

Magnetic microrobots use capillary forces to coax particles into position

At microscopic scales, picking, placing, collecting, and arranging objects is a persistent challenge. Advances in nanotechnology mean that there are ever more complex things we'd like to build at those sizes, but tools for ...

General Physics Jan 27, 2020

Topological defects produce exotic mechanics in complex metamaterials

Metamaterials have properties that depend on their shape and architecture. Researchers at AMOLF, Leiden University and Tel Aviv University have found a new way of designing these metamaterials and their properties by deliberately ...

Environment Feb 17, 2020

The carbon cost of home delivery and how to avoid it

Delivering online shopping to people's homes is a huge source of greenhouse gas emissions, particularly when deliveries fail and the journey needs to be repeated. Researchers are now re-thinking home deliveries to see if ...

Materials Science Feb 04, 2020

Retina-inspired carbon nitride-based photonic synapses for selective detection of UV light

Researchers at Seoul National University and Inha University in South Korea have developed photo-sensitive artificial nerves that emulated functions of a retina by using 2-dimensional carbon nitride (C3N4) nanodot materials. ...

Earth Sciences Jan 28, 2020

Scientists drill for first time on remote Antarctic Glacier

Teams from the US and UK have successfully completed scientific fieldwork in one of the most remote and hostile areas of West Antarctica—coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the discovery of the continent. This research ...

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