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Solution to century-old math problem could predict transmission of infectious diseases
A Bristol academic has achieved a milestone in statistical/mathematical physics by solving a 100-year-old physics problem -- the discrete diffusion equation in finite space. (2020-05-29)
Controlling artificial cilia with magnetic fields and light
Researchers have made artificial cilia, or hair-like structures, that can bend into new shapes in response to a magnetic field, then return to their original shape when exposed to the proper light source. (2020-05-26)
Observations of robotic swarm behavior can help workers safely navigate disaster sites
Using biologically inspired robotic swarms consisting of large groups of robots that have been programmed to operate cooperatively, much like individuals in an ant or bee colony, scientists from the University of Colorado demonstrate that the locally observed distribution of robots can be correlated to the location of environmental features, such as exits in office-like environments. (2020-05-25)
Next generation of soft robots inspired by a children's toy
Buckling, the sudden loss of structural stability, is usually the stuff of engineering nightmares. (2020-05-20)
Engineers develop low-cost, high-accuracy GPS-like system for flexible medical robots
Roboticists at the University of California San Diego have developed an affordable, easy to use system to track the location of flexible surgical robots inside the human body. (2020-05-18)
Comedy club performances provide insights on how robots, humans connect via humor
A robot comic is more funny when it has good timing. (2020-05-18)
A soft touch for robotic hardware
Robots can be made from soft materials, but the flexibility of such robots is limited by the inclusion of rigid sensors necessary for their control. (2020-05-15)
Clever new robot rover design conquers sand traps
Built with wheeled appendages that can be lifted, a new robot developed at Georgia Tech with US Army funding has complex locomotion techniques robust enough to allow it to climb sand covered hills and avoid getting stuck. (2020-05-14)
The makings of a crystal flipper
Hokkaido University scientists have fabricated a crystal that autonomously flips back and forth while changing its flipping patterns in response to lighting conditions. (2020-05-13)
'Data clouds fusion' helps robots work as a team in hazardous situations
A group of researchers and engineers has created a new way for robots to pool data gathered in real time, allowing them to 'think' collectively and navigate their way through difficult, previously unmapped obstacles as a team. (2020-05-11)
UCLA and Carnegie Mellon researchers develop real-time physics engine for soft robotics
Collaborators from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Carnegie Mellon University have adapted sophisticated computer graphics technology, used to create hair and fabric in animated films, to simulate the movements of soft, limbed robots for the first time. (2020-05-11)
Inspired by cheetahs, researchers build fastest soft robots yet
Inspired by the biomechanics of cheetahs, researchers have developed a new type of soft robot that is capable of moving more quickly on solid surfaces or in the water than previous generations of soft robots. (2020-05-08)
To climb like a gecko, robots need toes
Researchers know the secret to geckos' ability to walk on the ceiling: their hairy toes. (2020-05-08)
Could hotel service robots help the hospitality industry after COVID-19?
A new research study, investigating how service robots in hotels could help redefine leadership and boost the hospitality industry, has taken on new significance in the light of the seismic impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on tourism and business travel. (2020-05-06)
Study finds stronger links between automation and inequality
A new study co-authored by an MIT economist suggests automation has a bigger impact on the labor market and income inequality than previous research would indicate -- and identifies the year 1987 as a key inflection point in this process, the moment when jobs lost to automation stopped being replaced by an equal number of similar workplace opportunities. (2020-05-06)
How we might recharge an electric car as it drives
Stanford engineers demonstrate a technology that could one day be scaled up to power a car moving down the road. (2020-05-06)
Robots help some firms, even while workers across industries struggle
A new study co-authored by an MIT professor reveals an important pattern: Firms that move quickly to use robots tend to add workers to their payroll, while industry job losses are more concentrated in firms that make this change more slowly. (2020-05-05)
People think robots are pretty incompetent and not funny, new study says
Detecting gender bias against robots was the original intent of a study that revealed two surprises: The gender bias didn't appear. (2020-05-05)
Robot vacuum cleaner conveys seven dwarf personalities by movement alone
Researchers used a vacuum cleaner and the personalities of three of the Seven Dwarfs from Snow White to demonstrate that people can correctly infer a robot's personality solely by how it moves. (2020-05-04)
How many jobs do robots really replace?
MIT economist Daron Acemoglu's new research puts a number on the job costs of automation. (2020-05-04)
Rat spinal cords control neural function in biobots
Biological robots draw inspiration from natural systems to mimic the motions of organisms, such as swimming or jumping. (2020-04-28)
Spinal cord gives bio-bots walking rhythm
Miniature biological robots are making greater strides than ever, thanks to the spinal cord directing their steps. (2020-04-28)
Penn Engineering's new scavenger technology allows robots to 'eat' metal for energy
New research from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science is bridging the gap between batteries and energy harvesters like solar panels. (2020-04-21)
Biorobotics is the future of fish farming
Several hundred thousand salmon swim closely together in fish farms. (2020-04-16)
Trust in humans and robots: Economically similar but emotionally different
In research published in the Journal of Economic Psychology, scientists explore whether people trust robots as they do fellow humans. (2020-04-16)
Additions to resource industry underwater robots can boost ocean discoveries
Underwater robots are regularly used by the oil and gas industry to inspect and maintain offshore structures. (2020-04-15)
Thanks to 'flexoskeletons,' these insect-inspired robots are faster and cheaper to make
Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new method that doesn't require any special equipment and works in just minutes to create soft, flexible, 3D-printed robots. (2020-04-08)
Personalized microrobots swim through biological barriers, deliver drugs to cells
Biohybrid robots on the micrometer scale can swim through the body and deliver drugs to tumors or provide other cargo-carrying functions. (2020-04-07)
Understanding research on how people develop trust in AI can inform its use
A new review examined two decades of research on how people develop trust in AI. (2020-04-03)
Robo-turtles in fish farms reduce fish stress
Robotic turtles used for salmon farm surveillance could help prevent fish escapes. (2020-04-02)
AI as mediator: 'Smart' replies help humans communicate during pandemic
Daily life during a pandemic means social distancing and finding new ways to remotely connect with friends, family and co-workers. (2020-03-31)
How robots can help combat COVID-19: Science Robotics editorial
Can robots be effective tools in combating the COVID-19 pandemic? (2020-03-25)
COVID-19 should be wake-up call for robotics research
Robots could perform some of the 'dull, dirty and dangerous' jobs associated with combating the COVID-19 pandemic, but that would require many new capabilities not currently being funded or developed, an editorial in the journal Science Robotics argues. (2020-03-25)
Stanford engineers create shape-changing, free-roaming soft robot
A new type of robot combines traditional and soft robotics, making it safe but sturdy. (2020-03-18)
Soft robot, unplugged
It's balloon art on steroids: a pneumatic, shape-changing soft robot capable of navigating its environment without requiring a tether to a stationary power source. (2020-03-18)
Robots popular with older adults
A new study by psychologists from the University of Jena (Germany) does not confirm that robot skepticism among elder people is often suspected in science. (2020-03-12)
Crosstalk captured between muscles, neural networks in biohybrid machines
A platform designed for coculturing a neurosphere and muscle cells allows scientists to capture the growth of neurons toward muscles to form neuromuscular junctions. (2020-03-10)
Showing robots how to do your chores
By observing humans, robots learn to perform complex tasks, such as setting a table. (2020-03-06)
Fighting hand tremors: First comes AI, then robots
Robots hold promise for a large number of people with neurological movement disorders severely affecting the quality of their lives. (2020-03-04)
Novel use of robotics for neuroendovascular procedures
The advanced technology has the potential to change acute stroke treatment. (2020-03-02)
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