PHOENIX — Soft robots really get around. Some jump, others swim or crawl on the ground (SN Online: 12/13/16). Now, one can even scale walls. Inspired by an octopus’s suckers, researchers have constructed an inchwormlike robot that uses a pair of suction cups to scoot … [Read more...] about A new soft bot mimics octopuses and inchworms to climb walls
To quickly unfurl and refold their wings, earwigs stretch the rules of origami. Yes, those garden pests that scurry out from under overturned flowerpots can also fly. Because earwigs spend most of their time underground and only occasionally take to the air, they pack their wings … [Read more...] about Earwigs take origami to extremes to fold their wings
The age of automation—long talked about as a thing of the future—has already arrived, and it’s here to stay. Emerging technologies like IoT, AI and machine learning are seeing rapid adoption, and existing technologies like big data analytics and the cloud are … [Read more...] about The workforce of the future is already here: are you ready?
Of course, no 21st Century tour of sci-tech developments would be complete without a discussion of artificial intelligence, the white-hot area of research that’s expanding outward like a mini Big Bang. AI is everywhere these days, it seems, but a curious development over … [Read more...] about Weird science: The 9 strangest tech stories of 2017
Self-driving cars and trucks are everywhere, it seems. Especially in the news.We were inundated this week with media reports about huge progress on the autonomous vehicle front.The press reported that Google — I mean Waymo — ordered “thousands” of minivans … [Read more...] about Why we’re getting self-driving delivery before self-driving Ubers