China launches Relay Satellite to explore Moon’s Dark Side / Far Side

China has taken a major step towards the first ever landing on the dark side of the moon. China’s space Agency CNSA has launched a relay satellite named “Queqiao” (magpie bridge) to set up a communication link between the Earth and the country’s planned lunar probe Chang’e-4. The satellite was carried by a Long March-4C … Continue reading “China launches Relay Satellite to explore Moon’s Dark Side / Far Side”

New 3D Printer can create complex Biological Tissues

A UCLA bioengineer has developed a technique that uses a specially adapted 3D printer to build therapeutic biomaterials from multiple materials. The advance could be a step toward on-demand printing of complex artificial tissues for use in transplants and other surgeries. The technique uses a light-based process called stereolithography, and it takes advantage of a … Continue reading “New 3D Printer can create complex Biological Tissues”

Albatross Robot takes flight. The Glider can fly like an albatross and cruise like a sailboat.

MIT engineers have designed a robotic glider that can skim along the water’s surface, riding the wind like an albatross while also surfing the waves like a sailboat. In regions of high wind, the robot is designed to stay aloft, much like its avian counterpart. Where there are calmer winds, the robot can dip a … Continue reading “Albatross Robot takes flight. The Glider can fly like an albatross and cruise like a sailboat.”

3D-Printed Smart Gel Walks Underwater and Moves Objects

Rutgers University–New Brunswick engineers have created a 3D-printed smart gel that walks underwater and grabs objects and moves them. The watery creation could lead to soft robots that mimic sea animals like the octopus, which can walk underwater and bump into things without damaging them. It may also lead to artificial heart, stomach and other … Continue reading “3D-Printed Smart Gel Walks Underwater and Moves Objects”

Tiny Wireless Flying Robotic Insect “RoboFly” gets power from Laser beam

Insect-sized flying robots could help with time-consuming tasks like surveying crop growth on large farms or sniffing out gas leaks. These robots soar by fluttering tiny wings because they are too small to use propellers, like those seen on their larger drone cousins. Small size is advantageous: These robots are cheap to make and can … Continue reading “Tiny Wireless Flying Robotic Insect “RoboFly” gets power from Laser beam”