Synthetic fiber ‘muscles’ could lead to brawny robots and prosthetics

Most attempts at giving robots muscles tend to be heavy, slow or both. Scientists might finally have a solution that's both light and nimble, though. They've developed fibers that can serve as artificial muscles for robots while remaining light, re...

Scientists capture image of quantum entanglement for the first time

The first ever image of quantum entanglement

Quantum entanglement, where two objects become intertwined and remain so no matter the distance that grows between them, is a tricky phenomenon to study let alone photograph. But scientists doing the former have now managed the latter, capturing an image of this strange bond for the first time.

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NASA backs demo that will 3D-print spacecraft parts in orbit

NASA is expanding its efforts to bring 3D printing to space. The agency has given Made In Space a $73.3 million contract to demonstrate the ability to 3D-print spacecraft parts in orbit using Archinaut One (shown above), a robotic manufacturing ship...

MIT team draws on cucumbers to develop surprisingly strong artificial muscles

The tiny coils in the fiber developed by MIT researchers curl even tighter when warmed up

To develop a new artificial muscle for robots MIT researchers are taking inspiration from an unlikely source – the cucumber. It's not the fruit of the plant that's good for sandwiches and salads that the engineers are interested in, but the tightly coiled tendrils that wrap themselves around solid objects to support the growing plant by corkscrewing and pulling with surprising force.

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Laser tech is set to measure earthquake damage to buildings

A diagram illustrating how the Discrete Diode Position Sensor works

How safe would you feel, going back into a multi-story building that had just been through an earthquake? A new sensor system could allay your fears, as it optically measures how much a building has swayed, and thus how damaged it may be.

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Free Slurpee at 7-Eleven: Actually not that unhealthy, just innutritious

It is the 7-Eleven day celebration, and the Slurpee’s are coming on fast and heavy. Today Slurpee drinks are free, and you’re going to want to bury your face into a cup at your local 7-Eleven as soon as possible, most likely. Unless you don’t want to grab your brains and squeeze in utter agony because of the ever-present threat … Continue reading