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Micro machines: How the next big thing in robotics is actually quite small

A micro bristle bot beside a penny. Max Planck Institute’s Physical Intelligence Department Half a century after Neil Armstrong memorably uttered the words “one giant leap for mankind,” technological innovation has gotten smaller. Yes, we still thrill to enormous, sky-scraping buildings and the gravity-defying power of rockets, but many of the biggest advances take place […]

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This artificial muscle is powered just like the real thing, no battery required

The artificial muscle consists of polymer material, into which the researchers have integrated enzymes. A solution of glucose and oxygen in water powers the polymer actuator, in a similar way as biological muscles. Thor Balkhed/Linköping University Aside from some impressive robotics tech and a synthetic Austrian accent, what’s the most important component for building a […]

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Mark Zuckerberg wrote 1,000 words defending Facebook, but the most interesting thing about it was where he published it

Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce committee hearingChip Somodevilla/Getty Images Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has written a column for the Wall Street Journal defending his company. The op-ed piece’s location is arguably the most interesting thing about it. It indicates Facebook wants to reassure […]