“Robotic snake” can grip and pick up objects

Researchers in Australia take inspiration from nature to create a soft-robotic gripper that moves away from the conventional hand-like design. Soft robots is a burgeoning field combining electrical engineering and materials science to create robots that can move without the traditional use of motors, cogs, hinges, and other joining parts. Instead, movement and actuation come […]

Mantis shrimp punch down, pick on smaller rivals to steal their homes

A perfect home is hard to find, and some mantis shrimp called “smashers” for their clublike arm work hard to locate one that’s just right. If the home already has an owner, the invader will fight fiercely to evict it.  To find out how aggressively this tiny crustacean will fight to throw out a previous […]