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What Makes A Robot Fish Attractive?
2012-03-02 04:41:26

Probing the largely unexplored question of what characteristics make a leader among schooling fish, researchers have discovered that by mimicking nature, a robotic fish can transform into a leader of live ones. Through a series of experiments, researchers from Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) aimed to increase understanding of collective animal behavior, including learning how robots might someday steer fish away from environmental disasters. Nature is a growing...

2012-02-09 18:20:29

It´s a matchup worthy of a late-night cable movie: put a school of starving piranha and a 300-pound fish together, and who comes out the winner? The surprising answer–given the notorious guillotine-like bite of the piranha–is Brazil´s massive Arapaima fish. The secret to Arapaima´s success lie in its intricately designed scales, which could provide “bioinspiration” for engineers looking to develop flexible ceramics. The inspiration for this study...

Bionic Leg Makes Amputee Faster On His Feet
2012-01-24 04:52:03

[ Watch the Video ] This powered prosthetic is better at anticipating the next move Craig Hutto considers himself part bionic man. In 2005, doctors amputated his leg after a shark attacked him during a fishing trip off the Florida Gulf Coast. "I was 16 years old at the time," recalls Hutto. "My brother heard me yell: 'What was that?' He saw something take me under; he saw the back fin of the shark. There was so much tissue damage and so much flesh gone that it was just irreparable."...

Image 1 - Manufacturing Goes Viral
2011-11-05 04:22:19

Researchers coax viruses to assemble into synthetics with microstructures and properties akin to those of corneas, teeth and skin Using a simple, single-step process, engineers and scientists at the University of California at Berkeley recently developed a technique to direct benign, filamentous viruses called M13 phages to serve as structural building blocks for materials with a wide range of properties. By controlling the physical environment alone, the researchers caused the viruses...

2011-10-25 19:00:00

Caroline DeLong, an assistant professor of psychology at Rochester Institute of Technology, is researching object discrimination in goldfish and echolocation in dolphins to bring scientists closer to unlocking the mysteries of animal perception and cognition. (PRWEB) October 25, 2011 The fictitious storybook character Dr. Doolittle was known for talking with animals. Caroline DeLong, an assistant professor of psychology at Rochester Institute of Technology, is a real-life Doolittle whose...

Robot Helps Researchers Understand Evolution Of Wings
2011-10-18 12:19:29

[ Watch the Video ] Scientists from University of California - Berkeley have built a six-legged robot to help gain a better understanding of the evolution of early birds and insects. The new study showed that the origin of wings may lie in animals that dwelled in trees rather than on the ground. The researchers said the flapping wings increased the speed of the running robot by 90 percent and also enabled it to climb steeper gradients, which would be important in the development of a...


Word of the Day
jument
  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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