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It’s a Robot in Fish’s Clothing
06/08/12 — Discovery News—A group of researchers from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and the Istituto Superiore di Sanita in Rome showed for the first time that a robotic zebrafish attracts living fish, casing them to gather around it and shoal. It may be possible to use similar robots in the future with other kinds of fish, to draw away pest species or save endangered ones by leading them out of danger. The results are being published in the journal Bioinspiration and Biomimetics. DNEWS VIDEO: ROBOTIC SNAILS MAY SAVE LIVES Marizio Porfiri, who led the work, has looked at fish…

Flying Robot Capable of Landing and Perching on a Human Hand
05/07/12 — Experts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Aerospace Robotics and Control Laboratory (ARCL) announce the successful development of a flying robot capable of perching on a human hand at landing. This is made possible by sophisticated control algorithms, coupled with an innovative design of the airplane itself. The prototype has articulated wings and no vertical tail, allowing it to complete a variety of maneuvers that conventional aircraft are simply not capable of. Researchers drew their inspiration from how actual birds fly, since they had millions of years at their disposal to become as efficient as possible at flying.…

Robots to Mine Near-Earth Asteroids
04/23/12 — Pasadena, CA—New report describes the results of a study sponsored by the Keck Institute for SpaceStudies (KISS) to investigate the feasibility of identifying, robotically capturing, and returning an entire Near-Earth Asteroid (NEA) to the vicinity of the Earth by the middle of the next decade.  The KISS study was performed…

MIT Creates a Plane That Lands Like a Bird
07/22/10 —   Everyone knows what it’s like for an airplane to land: the slow maneuvering into an approach pattern, the long descent, and the brakes slamming on as soon as the plane touches down, which seems to just barely bring it to a rest a mile later. Birds, however, can switch…

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