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Boston Dynamics’ new SpotMini robot

Need help loading the dishwasher? Maybe an adorable giraffe and/or dino-style robot can help out. This is Boston Dynamics' SpotMini. SpotMini is a new smaller version of the Spot robot, weighing 55 lbs dripping we...

Stanford’s one-of-a-kind wind tunnel for birds & drones

An engineering team at Stanford University, lead by engineering professor David Lentink, built a one-of-a-kind wind tunnel in order to observe, measure, and record the minute details of how birds fly. Their goal: To m...

Stanford’s µTug microrobots can pull a car

Watch six of Stanford's µTug (MicroTug) robots pulling an unmodified 3,900lb (1,800kg) car thanks to special directional adhesive "shoes" and "a very long, very slow, but very steady winching gate." The six microTugs ...

The next generation of Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot

If you happen to meet a seemingly delightful, untethered robot who is casually rearranging 10 lb boxes in a warehouse space, please don't push it with a hockey stick or knock it over unkindly. This video is only a dem...

The American Kestrel falcon’s head stabilization skills

Bertha is an American Kestrel, North America's smallest falcon. They are colorful raptors (specifically the males) with spotted plumage, including two eye-like black spots on the back of their heads that may confuse p...

The Abdopus Octopus walks across dry land to hunt for crabs

Rocky tide pools are separated from each other during the low tide, making it impossible for marine creatures to escape... except for the Abdopus Octopus. In episode 6 of The Hunt, Sir David Attenborough introduces th...

Bats flip like Tony Hawk to land upside down

Like pirouetting figure skaters, twisting high divers, or a skateboarder trying to land a 900, bats use inertia to flip upside down before they land. Brown University evolutionary biologists Sharon Swartz and Kenneth ...

Kangaroo Boxing Fight – BBC Life Story

In addition to their females' pouches, kangaroos are known for their "boxing" skills, and here's the reason why: Male kangaroos often fight to establish dominance or win a mate. Fights consist mostly of balancing on t...

MorpHex MKIII, the glowing, transforming robot

Glowing with programmed LEDs, rolling around in "spheremode" with twelve synchronized shell sections, and walking as a hexapod robot, this is MorpHex MKIII, the transforming robot, made in 2014 by kinematics expert Kå...

Exploring the surface of a comet or asteroid with Hedgehog

When you're exploring a comet or asteroid, you've got to contend with a microgravity environment and some seriously rugged terrain, two huge challenges for a traditional rover. Enter Hedgehog, a jump, spin, and tumble...

Epic Catapulting Locust In Slow Motion – Earth Unplugged

Locusts are powerful jumpers. The jumps may not be as controlled as a praying mantis or a leaproach, but a locust's ability to jump 10x its own body length is more about putting distance in between them and any predat...

Run, Octopus, Run! – Science Friday

Crawling, swimming, embracing, squeezing, camouflaging... running? Why would an agile octopus, like the algae octopus or the coconut octopus, choose to use two of their eight arms to stand up and "run" backwards? Mont...

The Growing Cycles of Vegetables – Farm foods grow in time lapse

Through this series of time lapse films, artist and fourth generation farmer Matthew Moore chronicled the food that he grows -- radishes, kale, crookneck squash, and broccoli -- over the course of their growing cycles...

Stanford’s MicroTug robot can pull 2,000x its weight on glass

Inspired by the incredible sticking power in ant feet and gecko toes, researchers at Stanford's Biomimetics and Dextrous Manipulation Lab have developed directional adhesives that help this 12-gram µTug (MicroTug) rob...

What Happens When You Put a Hummingbird in a Wind Tunnel?

Most hummingbirds weight less than a nickel. Hummingbirds have the highest metabolism of any warm-blooded animal. They are the only birds that can fly sideways and backwards. They hover expertly, too. These are just s...

ScienceTake: The Praying Mantis Leaps

In this ScienceTake from The New York Times, we watch a young praying mantis leap over and over and over again... a completely fascinating, rather cartoon-like action that can be super-useful for scientists and engin...

ATLAS Unplugged: Boston Dynamics’ battery-powered robot

Rebuilt from earlier versions of the ATLAS robot in preparation of June 2015's DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, a $2 million competition to demonstrate the very best in disaster response by a human-supervised robot, t...

The Sticky Feet of Ants & Cockroaches – Cambridge Ideas

Have you ever watched an ant walk up a wall? Have you seen one upside down on a ledge while carrying something? How do insect feet stick like that?! Get a very close look at the minuscule foot anatomy of ants and cock...

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