Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California, Berkeley, have developed an elegant and powerful new microscale actuator that can flex like a tiny beckoning finger. Based on an oxide material that expands and contracts dramatically in response to a small temperature variation, the actuators are smaller than the width of a human hair and are promising for microfluidics, drug delivery, and artificial muscles.
Penguins that face the bitter cold and icy winds of Antarctica often huddle together in large groups for warmth during storms. Mathematicians at the University of California, Merced created a model of penguin huddles that assumes each penguin aims solely to minimize its own heat loss.
As Quantum International Corp. explores the potential of tiny nanobots to revolutionize medicine, new robotics breakthroughs could soon pave the way for a potential cure for cancer.
Research and Markets has declared that its report series has been supplemented with a new report from Elsevier Science and Technology titled ‘Microbiorobotics- Biologically Inspired Microscale Robotic Systems’.
Dr. David Cappelleri, Stevens Institute of Technology’s assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering has won the prestigious CAREER Award from National Science Foundation (NSF). Being one of the most enthusiastic programs conducted by the NSF, the CAREER Award supports the faculty’s initial career development in sciences, thereby motivating them to be researchers and professors in future.
Several clones of robotic insects will be soon mass-produced from a single sheet, a technique that has found its inspiration from children’s pop-up books and origami.
Did you think the traditional Japanese art of Origami was just about folding paper? Think again as new ‘Origami robots’ that are powered by air can entertain you by bending and twisting into different shapes. They can even make a grip and lift more than 100 times their own weight.
For the past four months, high school students have been working in teams to program tiny robots to fly on board the International Space Station, as part of the Michigan Institute of Technology’s (MIT) competition, Zero Robotics Challenge.
Researchers at the Center for Biosignatures Discovery Automation of the Biodesign Institute at the Arizona State University are designing and developing Sensorbots for exploring the ocean. These Sensorbots are spherical devices that have biogeochemical sensors.
An all-terrain robot must be compact yet versatile enough to move across rough surfaces. The machine may also need to climb slopes of different gradients.