Tiny fish-shaped robot ‘swims’ around picking up microplastics – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Microplastics are found almost everywhere on Earth and can be harmful to animals if they are ingested. But it’s hard to remove such tiny particles from the environment, especially once they settle into nooks and crannies at the bottom of waterways. Now, researchers in ACS ‘ Nano Letters have created a light-activated fish robot that … Read more

Automating renal access in kidney stone surgery using AI-enabled surgical robot – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) is an efficient, minimally-invasive, gold standard procedure used for removing large kidney stones. Creating an access from the skin on the back to the kidney — called renal access, is a crucial yet challenging step in PCNL. An inefficiently created renal access can lead to severe complications including massive bleeding, thoracis and … Read more

Robot capable of ‘hearing’ through transplanted locust ear, Israeli study finds

Scientists who transplanted the ear of a locust into a robot found that the robot was capable of hearing in an unprecedented biological and technological discovery. The Israeli scientists from Tel Aviv University found that the robot had been receiving the ear’s electrical signals and responding accordingly, a statement released by the university revealed. For … Read more

Webb’s First Images, Next-Gen Spacesuits, and Lunar-Roving Robot

An important target date for the[{” attribute=””>James Webb Space Telescope … An update about the next generation of spacesuits …. And testing our lunar-roving robot … a few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at NASA! First Full-Color Images Coming Soon from Webb Space Telescope Our James Webb Space Telescope team … Read more

Scientists grew living cells on a robot skeleton in this eerie experiment

Scientists have discovered a new tissue engineering concept. The science of growing human cells to use in medical treatments is still very young. But scientists have been working hard to come up with new ways to do it effectively. A new method discovered by engineers could improve the quality of tissue engineering by growing it … Read more

This soft rotini robot could navigate with a snap

Credit: North Carolina State University. Researchers at Penn Engineering have developed soft robots that can navigate complex environments, such as mazes, without input from humans or computer software. Though autonomy in robotics constructed of soft materials is essential, creating autonomous soft robots that can intelligently interact with and adapt to changing environments without external controls … Read more

The Navy will test a new robot ship division this summer

Every other year, the U.S. military gathers forces in Honolulu to practice for war in the Pacific. This year, the exercise will feature a formation of entirely uncrewed robot boats. Announced May 13, the newly created “Unmanned Surface Vessel Division One,” or USVDIV One, will let the Navy and the rest of the military practice … Read more

This tiny robotic crab is the smallest-ever walking robot

Close-up of crab robot. Credit: Northwestern University. Engineers have developed the smallest-ever remote-controlled walking robot – and it comes in the form of a tiny, adorable peekytoe crab. Just a half-millimeter wide, the tiny crabs can bend, twist, crawl, walk, turn and even jump. The researchers also developed millimeter-sized robots resembling inchworms, crickets and beetles. … Read more

This ‘Crab’ Is The Smallest Remote-Controlled Walking Robot Ever Built

Is your tiny robot really all that small if it’s bigger than the width of a coin? A team of scientists has built what is now the smallest-ever remote-controlled walking robot, coming in at a mere half a millimeter (less than a fiftieth of an inch) wide. Exceedingly tiny robots have a whole host of … Read more

Charting a Safe Course for an Autonomous Robot Through a Highly Uncertain Environment

MIT researchers developed a trajectory-planning system for autonomous vehicles that enables them to travel from a starting point to a target location even when there are many different uncertainties in the environment. Credit: Jose-Luis Olivares, MIT based on figure courtesy of the researchers A new technique has been developed to safely guide an autonomous robot … Read more