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Automation – News and Features

A red toy robot

Researchers Develop Light-Responsive Material for Soft Robots

Researchers have designed a new, 3D-printable, light-responsive material that can be used to make machines that move without any electronics.
Blue and red lipid bilayer.

Bringing the Benefits of 4D-Lipidomics Research to the Clinic

The capabilities of trapped ion mobility spectrometry combined with automated data annotation software are driving new developments in lipid analysis. This article discusses how such advances are bringing the technology to more mainstream use, setting the foundations for future clinical research.
A person looks down from space towards the Earth.

The Next Chapter of Science

Join us as we explore how innovation, ethics and even aesthetics look set to influence the landscape of life science research, creating new possibilities for treating human diseases, feeding our growing population and nurturing the scientists of the future.
A robot built to test their model of how insects navigate.

How Do Insects Navigate More Efficiently Than Robots?

With a brain the size of a pinhead, insects perform fantastic navigational feats. They avoid obstacles and move through small openings. How do they do this, with their limited brain power?
A 3D printer.

3D-Printed Pneumatic Modules Replace Electric Controls in Soft Robots

Research team at the University of Freiburg develops 3D-printed pneumatic logic modules that control the movements of soft robots using only air pressure.
Two glass beakers holding NMR glass tubes.

Benchtop NMR Breaks New Ground

Explore how recent technical advances in the design and construction of NMR instrumentation have eliminated practical issues that faced scientists whose experiments would benefit from the power of the technique, but who needed the speed and convenience of analysis unachievable with traditional high-field instruments.
Fingers over braille.

Robot Trained To Read Braille Twice as Fast as Humans

Researchers have developed a robotic sensor that incorporates artificial intelligence techniques to read braille at speeds roughly double that of most human readers.
The two-legged robot in its enclosure.

Watch This Robot Made From Silicon and Lab-Grown Muscle Walk Across Its Tank

Researchers have developed a biohybrid robot that can walk on two legs like a human, pivot on one leg and make tighter turning circles than other similar robots.
The structure of a cell.

Cellular Scaffolding Rewired To Develop Nanotechnology Platform

Princeton researchers have learned to harness the gossamer scaffolding that maintains the structure of living cells and used it to develop a nanotechnology platform. The technique eventually could lead to advances in soft robotics and new medicines.
A schematic of the new material, with 3 layers of metals on a DNA framework outlined.

Hacking DNA To Make Next-Gen Materials

Researchers have "hacked" DNA to develop self-assembling metallic and semiconductor 3D nanostructures, the building blocks for next-generation materials.