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Robot centipedes go for a walk
Researchers show how their multilegged walking robot can be steered by inducing a dynamic instability. By making the couplings between segments more flexible, the robot changes from walking straight to moving in a curved path. This work can lead to more energy-efficient and reliable robotic (...)
[Science daily]

Nanorobotic system presents new options for targeting fungal infections
Researchers have developed a nanorobot system that targets fungal infections in the mouth.
[Science daily]

Effective as a collective: Researchers investigate the swarming behavior of microrobots
Miniaturization is progressing rapidly in just any field and the trend towards the creation of ever smaller units is also prevalent in the world of robot technology. In the future, minuscule robots used in medical and pharmaceutical applications might be able to transport medication to targeted (...)
[Science daily]

Robots and Rights: Confucianism Offers Alternative
As robots assume more roles in the world, a new analysis reviewed research on robot rights, concluding that granting rights to robots is a bad idea. Instead, the article looks to Confucianism to offer an alternative.
[Science daily]

Researchers use AI to identify similar materials in images
A robot manipulating objects while, say, working in a kitchen, will benefit from understanding which items are composed of the same materials. With this knowledge, the robot would know to exert a similar amount of force whether it picks up a small pat of butter from a shadowy corner of the (...)
[WebWire Computer software]

Medical 'microrobots' could one day treat bladder disease, other human illnesses
Engineers have designed a new class of 'microrobots' several times smaller than the width of a human hair that may be able to treat human illnesses like interstitial cystitis -- a painful bladder disease that affects millions of (...)
[Science daily]

Researchers build bee robot that can twist
A robotic bee that can fly fully in all directions has been developed. With four wings made out of carbon fiber and mylar as well as four light-weight actuators to control each wing, the Bee++ prototype is the first to fly stably in all directions. That includes the tricky twisting motion known (...)
[Science daily]

Can't find your phone? There's a robot for that
Engineers have discovered a new way to program robots to help people with dementia locate medicine, glasses, phones and other objects they need but have lost.
[Science daily]

Robotic proxy brings remote users to life in real time
Researchers have developed a robot, called ReMotion, that occupies physical space on a remote user's behalf, automatically mirroring the user's movements in real time and conveying key body language that is lost in standard virtual (...)
[Science daily]

A cocktail party of 3D-printed robot heads
Imagine a cocktail party full of 3D-printed, humanoid robots listening and talking to each other. That seemingly sci-fi scene is the goal of an augmented listening laboratory. With precise control over the simulated subjects, the researchers can adjust the parameters of the experiment and even (...)
[Science daily]

Scurrying centipedes inspire many-legged robots that can traverse difficult landscapes
Intrigued to see if the many limbs could be helpful for locomotion in this world, a team of physicists, engineers, and mathematicians are using this style of movement to their advantage. They developed a new theory of multilegged locomotion and created many-legged robotic models, discovering (...)
[Science daily]

Why teaching robots to blink is hard but important
Blinking conveys more information than you might think and it's hard to make robots do it properly.
[BBC News]

Why teaching robots to blink is hard but important
Blinking conveys more information than you might think and it's hard to make robots do it properly.
[BBC]

AI could run a million microbial experiments per year
Automation uncovers combinations of amino acids that feed two bacterial species and could tell us much more about the 90% of bacteria that humans have hardly studied. An artificial intelligence system enables robots to conduct autonomous scientific experiments -- as many as 10,000 per day -- (...)
[Science daily]

Highly dexterous robot hand can operate in the dark -- just like us
Researchers demonstrated a highly dexterous robot hand, one that combines an advanced sense of touch with motor learning algorithms in order to achieve a high level of dexterity. In addition, the hand worked without any external cameras -- it's immune to lighting, occlusion, or similar (...)
[Science daily]

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