A large beetle-shaped robot named "Kabutom RX-03", made by Japanese engineer Hitoshi Takahashi, is demonstrated at the Tsukuba Festival in suburban Tokyo. The Kabutom, 11 meters in length and weighing 17 tons, can "walk" with its six legs powered by diesel engines, and can also blow smoke from its nose.
Reuters (July 18, 2012) Scientists in Japan have developed what they say is the world's most advanced swimming robot, designed to improve performance in the pool. Called 'Swumanoid', the robot isn't yet ready for a role in ... watch video
Reuters (June 29, 2012) A robot developed in Japan is finding fame as the "never lose" Rock, Paper, Scissors expert. But the robot has the advantage of high-speed sensors that can predict human ... watch video
AFP (Oct. 7, 2015) A ping pong playing robot, a flying origami bird and a mirror that some might find a little too honest for comfort are on display at a huge tech show in Japan.
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Reuters (Aug. 5, 2013) Researchers in Switzerland are developing a flying robot designed to navigate and collect data in cluttered environments. The robot is equipped to stick to vertical surfaces, as well recover and ... watch video
Feb. 3, 2016 Laser self-mixing is a technique usually used for the measurement of low velocities and vibrations. Researchers how these measurements can be extended to velocities of fluids ... read more
Feb. 2, 2016 Offshore wind farms generate energy from the raw winds out at sea. But the salty air causes them to rust. For such plants to be profitable, they have to re- main in service ... read more
Feb. 2, 2016 Autonomous underwater vehicles are essential for tasks such as exploring the seabed in search of oil or minerals. Researchers have designed the first robust, lightweight and ... read more
Feb. 2, 2016 Development of future technologies will be greatly aided by understanding and extracting molecular-level characteristics. Scientists have now established a three-dimensional ... read more
Feb. 3, 2016 California is committed to 33 percent energy from renewable resources by 2020. With that deadline fast approaching, researchers across the state are busy exploring options. ... read more
Feb. 3, 2016 The widespread belief that radiation from X rays, CT scans and other medical imaging can cause cancer is based on an unproven, decades-old theoretical model, according to a ... read more
July 15, 2015 A team of Japanese scientists found and described a new species of scarab beetle from Cambodia. The beetle was named after Venus -- the Roman goddess of beauty and love -- to complement a previously ... read more
Mar. 11, 2013 Strokes are the most common cause of physical disability among the elderly. This often result in paralysis of one side of the body, and many patients suffer much reduced physical mobility and are ... read more
July 26, 2012 The first bio-inspired microrobot capable of not just walking on water like the water strider -- but continuously jumping up and down like a real water strider -- now is a reality. Scientists have ... read more
Mar. 21, 2012 Researchers have created a robotic jellyfish, named Robojelly, which not only exhibits characteristics ideal to use in underwater search and rescue operations, but could, theoretically at least, ... read more