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January 15, 2018 | Source: Cornell University, news.cornell.edu, 13 Dec 2017, Syl Kacapyr
Engineers Program Tiny Robots to Move, Think Like Insects
While engineers have had success building tiny, insect-like robots, programming them to behave autonomously like real insects continues to present technical challenges. A group of...
January 1, 2018 | Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology , news.mit.edu, 9 Nov 2017, David L. Chandler
How to Build Better Silk
When it comes to concocting the complex mix of molecules that makes up fibers of natural silk, nature beats human engineering hands down. Despite efforts to synthesize the...
Survivability and Vulnerability
December 4, 2017 | Source: Penn State News, news.psu.edu, 3 Nov 2017, Walt Mills
Bioinspired Metamaterial Shows Potential for Optical Devices, Energy Harvesting, Signature Management
Synthetic microspheres with nanoscale holes can absorb light from all directions across a wide range of frequencies, making them a candidate for antireflective coatings, according...
Survivability and Vulnerability
November 6, 2017 | Source: Johns Hopkins University, releases.jhu.edu, 15 Sept 2017, Phil Sneiderman
DNA Triggers Shape-Shifting in Hydrogels, Opening a New Way to Make ‘Soft Robots’
Biochemical engineers at Johns Hopkins University have used sequences of DNA molecules to induce shape-changing in water-based gels, demonstrating a new tactic to produce soft...
October 9, 2017 | Source: Georgia Institute of Technology, rh.gatech.edu, 8 June 2017, Josh Brown
New Computing System Takes Its Cues From Human Brain
Some problems are so challenging to solve that even the most advanced computers need weeks, not seconds, to process them. Now a team of researchers at Georgia Institute of...
August 28, 2017 | Source: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, news.illinois.edu, 2 Aug 2017, Lois Yoksoulian
Cicada Wings May Inspire New Surface Technologies
Researchers are looking to insects – specifically cicadas – for insight into the design of artificial surfaces with de-icing, self-cleaning and anti-fogging abilities. Their wings...
August 14, 2017 | Source: UCLA Newsroom, newsroom.ucla.edu, 10 May 2017, Meghan Steele Horan
Flexible Ultrathin Graphene–Protein Supercapacitor Draws Energy from Human Body
Researchers from UCLA and the University of Connecticut have designed a new biofriendly energy storage system called a biological supercapacitor, which operates using charged...
August 2, 2017 | Source: Defense iQ, defenseiq.com, 7 July 2017, Rory Jackson
Small is Beautiful: Nano Drone Tech is Advancing
The technology behind unmanned air systems (UAS) has taken off in recent years and as a result UAS can fly faster and further than ever before – performing ever more sophisticated...
July 31, 2017 | Source: Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, draper.com, 19 January 2017
Equipping Insects for Special Service
Draper combines navigation and neuromodulation to guide insects The smallest aerial drones mimic insects in many ways, but none can match the efficiency and maneuverability of the...
July 31, 2017 | Source: Wyss Institute, wyss.harvard.edu, 12 July 2017, Lindsay Brownell
Soft and Stretchy Fabric-Based Sensors for Wearable Robots
Wearable technologies – from heart rate monitors to virtual reality headsets – are exploding in popularity in both the consumer and research spaces, but most of the electronic...