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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 Nov. 11, 2013


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 Apr. 25, 2013


Modular iMobot can crawl, roll, and link up

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

By Mar. 25, 2011


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 Aug. 11, 2012


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 Apr. 28, 2011


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 Jun. 17, 2010


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 Dec. 20, 2010


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 Sep. 24, 2009


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 Aug. 13, 2008