Study finds manufacturing companies that are quick to automate can thrive, but overall employment drops. Overall, adding robots to manufacturing reduces jobs — by more than three per robot, in fact. But a new study co-authored by an MIT professor reveals an important pattern: Firms that move quickly to use robots tend […]

This tiny wing could someday be used in robots or devices to harvest solar energy. Credit: American Chemical Society In ancient Greek mythology, Icarus’ wax wings melted when he dared to fly too close to the sun. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaceshave made artificial wings that are […]

University of Cincinnati aerospace engineering student Yufeng Sun holds a laser scanner used to measure and render objects in three dimensions. Credit: Andrew Higley/UC Creative Services Aerospace engineers are developing technology to repair and refuel broken satellites in space. When satellites break, which is surprisingly often, there isn’t much you […]

Light makes the conditioned liquid crystal move. Credit: Aalto University, Tampere University, Cell Press Researchers trained material the same way as Pavlov trained dogs. Conditioning is a method made famous by Ivan Pavlov’s experiments with dogs. Pavlov trained a dog by ringing a bell every time the dog was fed. […]

Even in unexplored waters, an MIT-developed robotic system can efficiently sniff out valuable, hard-to-find spots to collect samples from. When implemented in autonomous boats deployed off the coast of Barbados (pictured), the system quickly found the most exposed coral head —meaning it was located in the shallowest spot — which […]

The new “growing robot” can be programmed to grow, or extend, in different directions, based on the sequence of chain units that are locked and fed out from the “growing tip,” or gearbox. Credit: Image courtesy of researchers, edited by MIT News Flexible yet sturdy robot is designed to “grow” […]