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Exceptional catapulting jump mechanism in a tiny beetle could be applied in robotic limbs

Researchers describe the fascinating and highly efficient jumping mechanism in flea beetles. Despite having been known since 1929, the explosive jump has not been fully understood. The scientists tested the existing theories, using micro-computed tomography, 3D reconstructions, high-speed filming and dissection. The team also proposed a design of a bionic limb inspired by their findings.

Feb 25th, 2020

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Spider-Man-style robotic graspers defy gravity

Scientists have developed a suction unit that can be used on rough surfaces, no matter how textured, and that has applications in the development of climbing robots and robotic arms with grasping capabilities.

Jan 17th, 2020

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A better understanding of soft artificial muscles

Artificial muscles will power the soft robots and wearable devices of the future. But more needs to be understood about the underlying mechanics of these powerful structures in order to design and build new devices. Now, researchers have uncovered some of the fundamental physical properties of artificial muscle fibers.

Nov 16th, 2019

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