These tiny, flipping microbots, currently being developed by researchers at Purdue University, could one day deliver drugs directly inside the body. The magnetically propelled bots are no wider than a pinhead.
Look, I didn’t want to write this. Centipedes have too many legs and they move so quickly and it’s all just fucking nasty and wrong.
Researchers in Japan have developed a remarkable new robot that bears a startling resemblance to the Droideka of Star Wars. Called QRoSS, this throwable, sphere-shaped robot can move around either by rolling or walking on all fours. Mercifully, it’s not capable of firing lasers or engaging force fields...at least not…
Roboticists have developed a “mother” robot that can build and evaluate her own “children,” and then decide which version performs best to inform the design of the next generation. Remarkably, the system doesn’t require any human intervention.
Pangolins, or Scaly Anteaters, are fascinating creatures. The eight pangolin species are found in Africa and parts of Asia, and they're the only mammals whose skin is covered in scales.
Kangaroos are famous for their hopping, but a slow-moving roo relies more on its tail to get around than either of its feet. The result is a what biologists call a five-limbed, i.e. "pentapedal," gait. Yes, you read that correctly. The kangaroo is a pentaped – perhaps the only one on Earth.
Most insects walk forward three legs at a time, a manner of locomotion known as the alternating tripod gait. But scientists have recently learned that there’s at least one insect, the industrious dung beetle, that moves along with a galloping gait — and they’re kinda perplexed as to why.
Jellyfish are known for their ability to take over ecosystems, even though they're less efficient swimmers and hunters than their fishy competition. But a new study shows that jellyfish may rule the waves by actually being the most energy-efficient animals in the world. Here's how.
Certain species of longtail carpet sharks (or bamboo sharks) have an unusual means of locomotion. Instead of swimming, these sharks wriggle their bodies and push against the floor with their pectoral and pelvic fins. It's a strange sight to behold.
We recently learned that women can have orgasms from exercising, and now it seems the pleasures of exercise are even more deeply woven into our evolution. The "runner's high" experienced after strenuous exertion was actually key to our species' success.
Hundreds of millions of years ago, the first land animals emerged, facing new challenges unlike any their aquatic ancestors had experienced. But their marine predecessors had solved one big problem for living on land: they already knew how to walk.
One of the most basic differences separating us from other apes is our ability to walk fully upright, and that goes back to the emergence of the Homo genus 1.9 million years ago. At least...that's what we used to think.
Paul Priestman, designer of Britain's widely-used Virgin Pendolino train cars, thinks his country is in need of a new transportation icon, one that upholds the legacy of the Rolls Royce and the Concorde. His vision? The double-decker Mercury train.