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How robots can learn to grasp from humans

We use our hands every day to hold and move objects of various shapes, sizes, materials and weights. However, grasping an object is a complex process, even though we do it effortlessly without even a second thought. For example, if we want to lift a... click to read more

  • Subramanian Sundaram | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab, MIT; Wyss Institute, Harvard University; Biological Design Center, Boston University
Views 560
Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 22, 2020
A robotic capsule to explore the gastrointestinal tract

Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract place a significant burden on society and include colorectal cancer, which alone accounts for almost a million deaths each year. Standard flexible endoscopy is the gold standard procedure to diagnose these diseases. It involves the skillful navigation of a long... click to read more

  • Joseph C. Norton | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at STORM Lab, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
Views 1524
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Mar 4, 2020
AntBot is able to go home like desert ants

Autonomous navigation is one of the leading technological challenges of the 21st century in the fields of the automotive industry, air and maritime transport, and mobile robotics. To be functional, such systems must perform multi-sensor data fusion provided by the GPS and other devices like... click to read more

  • Julien Dupeyroux | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Aix Marseille University, CNRS, ISM, Marseille, France
  • Stéphane Viollet | Research Director at Aix Marseille University, CNRS, ISM, Marseille, France
  • Julien R. Serres | Associate Professor at Aix Marseille University, CNRS, ISM, Marseille, France
Views 1371
Reading time 3 min
published on Aug 29, 2019
Grape expectations: how balls of water can mimic metallic objects in the microwave oven

When you see sparks in your microwave oven, it usually means you accidentally left a metallic object inside. So, imagine the surprise of millions of people who have observed in-person or online that under the right conditions grapes, cherry tomatoes, ground cherries (physalis), and olives... click to read more

  • Aaron Slepkov | Professor at Department of Physics & Astronomy, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Views 1318
Reading time 4 min
published on Jul 26, 2019
Mussel powder engineered to kill pathogens

Hydrogen peroxide is a commonly used disinfectant. A typical household may have a bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution for disinfecting minor cuts and scrapes. Concentrated hydrogen peroxide is also used in municipal wastewater and drinking water treatments, in petrochemical refinery applications, and in bleaching... click to read more

  • Bruce P. Lee | Professor at Department of Biomedical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, USA
Views 2004
Reading time 3 min
published on May 24, 2019