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Future robots powered by pee? Urine luck!

How to power robots that go where humans fear to tread? A new device works like an artificial heart to pump pee into the "engine room" of self-sustaining bots.

By November 11, 2013

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Watch: Beach-walking 'FlipperBot' inspired by baby turtles

Copying turtle movements, this machine out of the Georgia Institute of Technology teaches how bio-inspired robots can shed light on scientific principles.

By April 25, 2013

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Robot worm laughs off your attempts to squash it dead

It wriggles, it writhes, it explores your insides! The hardy Meshworm crawls like the real thing and could take on military tasks.

By August 11, 2012

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Caterpillar robot's recoil too quick to see

Tufts University creates a silicone caterpillar, GoQBot, that can curl into a wheel to escape danger.

By April 28, 2011

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Modular iMobot can crawl, roll, and link up

UC Davis start-up hopes to commercialize articulated faceplate bot this year to advance research.

By March 25, 2011

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Are pogo-dancing robots headed to moon?

Japan has said it envisions moonwalking humanoids by 2015, but jumping robots may be more like it.

By December 20, 2010

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Wooden ornithopter mimics butterfly flight

Why make an artificial butterfly out of wood and plastic? Researchers think it can shed light on the mechanics of butterfly flight.

By June 17, 2010

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Robot fish swims by doing the wave

Scientists at the U.K's University of Bath have created Gymnobot, a robot fish with a novel form of propulsion--a single fin rippling along its belly.

By September 24, 2009

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Discovery Channel to bring TV glamour to product prototyping

Prototype This, a new show which will debut this October, will showcase the process behind the conception of a wide variety of new robots, gadgets, and machines.

By August 13, 2008