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Nikola The Emotional Android Child

At the Consumer Electronics Show in January of 2022, the RIKEN Guardian Robot Project from Japan showed off their child-like android, Nikola. This robot can display six basic human emotions: happiness, surprise, fear, disgust, sadness, and anger. 

Ultralight Drone Inspired By Maple Seeds

At the City University of Hong Kong, researchers have developed a tiny drone that was the inspired by the structure of a maple seed pod. Its two-bladed design makes it unique and energy efficient.

MIT’s New Portable Desalination Unit

Water is essential for life, but safe drinking water isn't always available. Researchers at MIT have developed a portable desalination unit that can transform salty seawater into fresh, clean water with the press of a button.

W.D. Gaster: Undertale’s Biggest Mystery

Toby Fox's hit indie game Undertale has entertained audiences of all ages since its release in 2015. The game has surprises and Easter eggs around every corner, but the most famous is most likely W.D. Gaster.

Cassie The Bipedal Bot

Cassie is a bipedal ostrich-like robot from Agility Robotics, a branch of Oregon State University. Instead of moving around on four legs or four wheels, Cassie walks on two legs, much like its namesake,...

Bistable Inflatables Inspired By Origami

With origami as their muse and geometry as their guide, the researchers created multistable structures out of triangular building blocks that could pop up or fold flat.
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New Light-Regulating Smart Windows For Greenhouses

We all know greenhouses. They're the special buildings that allow people to grow crops in inconvenient conditions. As the world's population increases, the amount of available and appropriate farmland...

Wearable Generator Uses The Human Body To Power Small Devices

It takes some serious technological know-how to develop a device that can use the human body as an energy source, and UC San Diego's nano engineers have done just that.
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New Skin Patch Monitors Multiple Aspects Of Your Health Simultaneously

Monitoring your health can be time consuming and require lots of expensive equipment, but in San Diego, the engineers at the University of California have created a soft and stretchy skin patch that monitors several aspects of your health all at once.
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Is It A Squid? No It’s A Robot!

Scientists have gone far in terms of robotics and underwater research, but the University of Southampton and the University of Edinburgh took inspiration from both and created a robot that swims like a squid.
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