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.
AP (July 19, 2016) A tiny, ingestible robot could be a new tool for healing serious stomach wounds. Researchers call it an origami robot because the accordion-shaped gadget is folded and frozen into an ice capsule, ... watch video
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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July 26, 2016 Scientists have designed a system to modify, or edit, multiple genes in the genome simultaneously, while also minimizing unintended effects. The gene-editing 'toolbox' provides a user-friendly ... read more
July 26, 2016 The bacteria that live in dental plaque and contribute to tooth decay often resist traditional antimicrobial treatment, as they can 'hide' within a sticky biofilm matrix, a ... read more
July 26, 2016 Seeing fruit 'turn bad and going to waste' inspired a team of researchers in China to explore using atmospheric pressure nonequilibrium plasma as a novel solution to extend the shelf life of fruit ... 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
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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