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'GhostBot' Swims Vertically, Mimicking Movements of Knifefish

Researchers at Northwestern University have created a robot that mimics the movements of a knifefish, a creature that deftly swishes its lone fin in a ribbon-like motion to swim vertically. According to Fast Company, professor Malcolm MacIver noticed the curious way in which a knifefish he had in his aquarium tank would shoot upward. After studying the fish, MacIver and his colleagues discovered ...

Festo Designs Curvy Robotic Arms After an Elephant's Schnoz

Taking inspiration from an elephant's trunk (or maybe Dr. Octopus), a German company has built a set of robotic arms that could make it safer for humans and machines to interact. According to Engadget, Festo's Bionic Handling Assistant (BHA) is equipped with gentle and agile pincers that can safely grab something from a human without ripping off an entire limb with it. For example, if the BHA col...

MIT Manufactures Mech-Muscles for Our Future Robots

Muscles aren't exactly the most complex machines in the world, even if they do happen to reside within the most complex machine. As giant rubber bands, our muscles simply expand and contract to create locomotion. And yet we've relied, for the most part, on a different kind of physics for the artificial machines that we create -- typically based on simple machines (pulleys, levers, wheels and axle...

Fuel Cell Fish Bot Swims for Days and Aids Search and Rescue Ops

The Faculty of Engineering at Osaka City University have developed an impressive fish-like robot that can be powered by either a new fuel cell, dubbed the "Power Tube," or by a standard lithium-polymer battery. The unit on display at the FC Expo (a conference dedicated to hydrogen power and fuel cells) was powered by the standard lithium battery for safety reasons. The hope, though, is that, with...

Terrifying Robotic Cockroach Survives Eight-Story Fall

The world of robotics is awash in nature-inspired cybernetic creatures -- bees, spiders, fish. But none have been so creepy as the DASH, or the Dynamic Autonomous Sprawled Hexapod. For those keeping score, that's a fancy way of saying "robotic cockroach." The DASH was built by a team at the University of California Berkeley and mimics nature's nastiest little survivor in almost every way. Its ...

Harvard Gets $10M to Create RoboBee Swarms

The world of insect cyborgs is abuzz over news about the latest addition to the ever-expanding robo phylum. In news that may soon send even the most cuddly winged creatures to the unemployment line, Harvard researchers have received a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation to spawn an army of robot bees, reports Network World. The RoboBee project is slated to span 5 years, and, ac...

Robo-Fish Swim Just Like the Real Thing

It's good to hear that engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are starting to spend some time outside every once in a while. Pablo Alvarado, a mechanical engineer, and his colleagues at that prestigious university must have done so in developing their latest project: the robo-fish. Between five and eight inches long, the prototypes are comprised of a mere 10 movable parts a...

IBM Looks to Nature in Design of DNA-Like Microchips

Currently, microchips are made with silicon, but IBM is looking to the future and working on replacing the traditional computing material with DNA. IBM doesn't plan on harvesting this DNA from people, of course. It has instead demonstrated a way to use artificial nano-structures that replicate the composition of DNA. IBM believes the repetitive design of DNA is a perfect match for fabricating s...