Topic: Locomotion

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Disney Imagineering’s autonomous robot stunt doubles

To level up the animatronic characters in their parks around the globe, Disney Imagineering has created autonomous robot stunt doubles that can perform "extreme aerial maneuvers 60 feet in the air, making real-time de...

The Festo BionicFinWave, an autonomous underwater robot

The marine planarian, cuttlefish and Nile perch have one thing in common: in order to propel themselves, they use their fins to generate a continuous wave, which advances along their entire length. With this so-called...

The Stomphia coccinea sea anemone can swim

This sea anemone is in danger. A dermasterias sea star is coming to devour it in the sped up footage above. But hop, wobble, squirm, shimmy! The sea anemone is off and away, launching a wiggly escape from the predator...

The Mystery of the Upside-Down Catfish

Normally, an upside-down fish in your tank is bad news. As in, it’s time for a new goldfish. That’s because most fish have an internal air sac called a swim bladder that allows them to control their buoyancy and or...

The Very Hungry Maggot: How larva farming can help reduce food waste

How are maggots like waves in an ocean? How are they like puppies? In this fascinating Macroscope video from Science Friday, The Very Hungry Maggot, we meet David Hu, a mechanical engineering professor who's studying ...

Anatomy of a hunt: Speed, strategy and survival

As predators chase down their prey on the open savanna it’s a race for survival. Lions and cheetahs are some of the most athletic animals on the planet but strength and speed aren’t everything. By precisely measuring ...

Magnetic fields make this tiny robot roll, jump, swim, and wriggle

This very small elastic strip is a robot that can walk, roll, jump, swim, and wriggle like a worm. Infused with magnetic particles, it responds to the strength and direction of magnetic fields surrounding it. As scien...

Henry Fox Talbot, the First Photographs, and the Pioneers of Photography

The invention of the photograph, in 1839, would forever change the way people looked at the world. But this extraordinary breakthrough cannot be credited to a single individual—while William Henry Fox Talbot labored q...

Atlas robot jumps and backflips

The last time we saw Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot, it was lifting boxes and being shoved around, a demonstration of its increasingly strong balancing technologies. In the video above, Atlas shows off its stunning jump...

Cassie, Agility Robotics’ ostrichlike bipedal robot

Untethered, battery-powered, and able to traverse a variety of terrains, these remote-controlled bipedal robots are designed for everything from search-and-rescue situations, to telepresence, to grocery delivery. They...

Handle, Boston Dynamics’ robot on wheels

Balancing on two legs with wheels for feet, Boston Dynamics' Handle robot looks a bit like it's rollerblading in a science fiction movie. Watch it roll down stairs, carry 45kg of stuff, and leap over hurdles. Yes, it ...

The animatronic animals of Spy in the Wild

Over 30 animatronic creatures were created for Spy in the Wild, the PBS and BBC co-produced wild animal mini-series, including a sloth, a warthog, a squirrel, an otter, a cobra, and an orangutan. Designer John Nolan g...

Swimming Feather Starfish

The video above was filmed by Pim Van Schendel who saw the swimming feather starfish -- a crinoid, meaning "lily-like" in Greek -- during a dive in Indonesia. According to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, video below, fossi...

Boston Dynamics’ 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...

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