robotics

DNA Nanorobots Pick Up And Sort Molecules

An autonomous molecular machine, made of a single strand of DNA, that can autonomously “walk” around a surface, pick up certain molecules and drop them off in designated locations has been developed by scientists at California Institute of Technology. Lulu Qian, assistant professor of bioengineering, explains: “Just like electromechanical robots are sent off to faraway [...]

Robot Mermaid Explores Coral Reef Ocean Depths

A robot named OceanOne with artificial intelligence and haptic feedback systems enables human pilots unprecedented abilities for exploring the depths of the oceans. Oussama Khatib held his breath as he swam through the wreck of La Lune, over 300 feet below the Mediterranean. The flagship of King Louis XIV sank here in 1664, 20 miles [...]

Robotic Insect Built By Scientists Can Stride On Water

Walking on water might be something only a human with superpowers can do, but it is actually a quite natural phenomenon in some species. Many small living creatures use water’s surface tension to maneuver themselves around. And one of the most intricate maneuvers, jumping on water, is second nature to a species of semi-aquatic insects [...]

Antimicrobial Compounds Assembled By Robots

Two robotic chemical-synthesizing machines tucked away on the fifth floor of the DOE’s Molecular Foundry at Berkeley Lab, are joining the urgent search for new antimicrobial compounds that are effective against constantly emerging drug-resistant bacteria. Symphony X and Overture, as the machines are named, specialize in creating custom nanoscale structures that mimic nature‚Äôs proven designs. [...]

RHex is an acronym for Robot Hexapod, a name that takes its cue from the six springy legs. But most people call it Rex, like the trusty bounding puppy it acts like. Designed at the University of Pennsylvania, the Rhex platform was first developed more than a decade ago. Engineering graduate student Aaron Johnson and [...]