A robot arm toting a Venus flytrap can grab delicate objects

Venus flytrap grabbing a weight

A new robotic grabber is ripped straight from the plant world. The device, made with a severed piece of a Venus flytrap, can grasp tiny, delicate objects, researchers report January 25 in Nature Electronics. Normally, the carnivorous Dionaea muscipula scores a meal when unsuspecting prey touches delicate hairs on one of the plant’s jawlike leaves, […]

Squid-inspired robot swims with nature’s most efficient marine animals — ScienceDaily

Scientists at the University of Southampton and University of Edinburgh have developed a flexible underwater robot that can propel itself through water in the same style as nature’s most efficient swimmer — the Aurelia aurita jellyfish. The findings, published in Science Robotics, demonstrate that the new underwater robot can swim as quickly and efficiently as […]

Squid-inspired robot swims with nature’s most efficient marine animals

Scientists at the University of Southampton and University of Edinburgh have developed a flexible underwater robot that can propel itself through water in the same style as nature’s most efficient swimmer – the Aurelia aurita jellyfish. The findings, published in Science Robotics, demonstrate that the new underwater robot can swim as quickly and efficiently as […]

Spontaneous robot dances highlight a new kind of order in active matter — ScienceDaily

Predicting when and how collections of particles, robots, or animals become orderly remains a challenge across science and engineering. In the 19th century, scientists and engineers developed the discipline of statistical mechanics, which predicts how groups of simple particles transition between order and disorder, as when a collection of randomly colliding atoms freezes to form […]

Spontaneous robot dances highlight a new kind of order in active matter

IMAGE: When a swarm of smarticles is made to interact in a confined space, they form stunningly symmetric dances whose choreography emerges spontaneously from the physics of low rattling. view more  Credit: Thomas A. Berrueta Predicting when and how collections of particles, robots, or animals become orderly remains a challenge across science and engineering. In the […]

Best robot vacuum: Clean up without lifting a finger

These robot vacuums suck in all the best ways… and your pets will love them. (Yoonjae Baik via Unsplash/) Nothing beats hands-free cleaning—and it truly doesn’t get any better than a robot vacuum. With the push of a button, the best robot vacuums can tackle the largest room in your house without wasting any time. […]

Robot dogs could someday explore deep caves on Mars

Mars exploration is going to the dogs. The robot dogs, that is. Scientists are equipping four-legged, animal-mimicking robots with artificial intelligence (AI) and an array of sensing equipment to help the bots autonomously navigate treacherous terrain and subsurface caves on the Red Planet.  In a presentation on Dec. 14 at the annual meeting of the […]

Robot probes the Red Sea’s carbon storage system

By studying the fate of organic carbon in the Red Sea, KAUST researchers hope to refine models that predict the carbon sink capacity of the world’s oceans in the future. Credit: Susann Rossbach Warming waters and oxygen depletion in the Red Sea could slow the flow of organic carbon from the surface into the deep […]