The movement of sand grains in the scoop on the end of NASA InSight’s robotic arm suggests that the spacecraft’s self-hammering “mole,” which is in the soil beneath the scoop, had begun tapping the bottom of the scoop while hammering on June 20, 2020. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech ANIMATION Now that the […]

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. […]