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Computer simulated model of the Xenobot on the left with the actual organism on the right. The inert endothelial cells are in green, and the contracting heart cells are in red. (Image Credit: Sam Kriegman, University of Vermont)   Artificial intelligence and molecular biology have come together to create a one-of-a-kind biological robot. Scientists at the University of Vermont and Tufts have developed miniature living robots, called Xenobots, which were grown from the embryo cells of the f ...
The Roombots modules are capable of self-assembling into a chair and can even put themselves away in a storage box. (Image Credit: EPFL)   One day, everyone might want their very own self-assembling furniture in their home or apartment. EPFL’s Roombots have been around for a decade and can move around, lock onto each other, and together, they can turn into furniture, including tables, chairs or whatever else you may need. The idea here is that the small modular robots would be able t ...
Nature bounces back amid coronavirus Since the COVID-19 pandemic forces people to stay at home, fewer vehicles have been taking the streets. Especially on London’s M25 motorway, which is usually busy. (Image Credit: Dave Stevenson/REX/Shutterstock)   The COVID-19 pandemic that’s impacting human lives is also having a positive role on the planet. With factories being shut down and motorways clearing up, carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide have been decreasing by 40%  in ...
Suncar’s ZE85 battery-powered electric excavator can help free up CO2 emissions on construction sites. (Image Credit: Suncar)   Cities like Oslo emit 21% of CO2 emissions from heavy-duty construction machinery, which is a huge amount, and it wouldn’t be surprising if older machines in other cities emit much more. The new ZE85 battery-powered electric excavator, developed by Suncar HK, is now fully operational on a zero-emission construction site in Oslo, Norway. Presented in Ma ...
The four-legged arachnoid-inspired quadruped robot is capable of walking, turning, swinging, waving and even take pictures. It can be useful in research and education in the future. (Image Credit: Bernal * Civera, YouTube) Two researchers, Manuel Bernal-Lecina and Javier Civera Sancho, from the University of Zaragoza in Spain, have developed an arachnoid-inspired quadruped robot named LoCoQuad, which could be used in numerous applications for robotics research and education. The team presented ...
The Daleks are a race of Dals (or Kaleds) who became mutated after a brief nuclear, biological, and chemical war, and as such, need to be encased in a special construct that prevents viruses such as COVID-19 from entering. (Image credit: Flikr)   Daleks have been trying to exterminate humans since the second season of Doctor Who was broadcast on the BBC back in 1963. According to lore, the Daleks were born after a race known as the Dals (or Kaleds) had a brief nuclear, biological, and chem ...