Scientists Are Using Dead Spiders as Horrifying Claw Grabbers

Scientists Are Using Dead Spiders as Horrifying Claw Grabbers

We’ve likely all killed a spider or two in the past, but what if that arachnid’s corpse could be repurposed into something useful? Well, researchers at Rice University in Texas think it can and are pioneering the field of “necrobotics” by injecting dead spiders with air to use them to grasp small objects. When Rice … Read more

Scientists Create Necrobotics to Turn Dead Spiders into Undead Zombie Robots

Scientists Create Necrobotics to Turn Dead Spiders into Undead Zombie Robots

If you think spiders are creepy when they’re alive, just wait until you see what they can do when they’re dead. A team of engineers at Rice University in Texas successfully reanimated dead spiders to serve as mechanical grippers. That’s right. In proof that we have permanently strayed from God’s light, the team published a … Read more

World’s Smallest Walking RC Robot Can Crawl on a Penny’s Edge

World's Smallest Walking RC Robot Can Crawl on a Penny's Edge

With all the doom and gloom over the inevitable robot apocalypse, we’ve at least been able to take solace in the fact that we’ll see them coming—until today. Researchers from Northwestern University have foolishly succeeded in building a remote control robot crab that’s so tiny it can crawl along the edge of a penny. Making … Read more

This ‘Crab’ Is The Smallest Remote-Controlled Walking Robot Ever Built

This 'Crab' Is The Smallest Remote-Controlled Walking Robot Ever Built

Is your tiny robot really all that small if it’s bigger than the width of a coin? A team of scientists has built what is now the smallest-ever remote-controlled walking robot, coming in at a mere half a millimeter (less than a fiftieth of an inch) wide. Exceedingly tiny robots have a whole host of … Read more

Ingenious Underwater Drone Can Transition to Flight in Less Than a Second

Ingenious Underwater Drone Can Transition to Flight in Less Than a Second

Robots have traditionally been purpose-built to perform a single, very specific task, but researchers from Beihang University are taking a much different approach with a new robotic drone that can operate underwater just as easily as in the air, and it features a clever, nature-inspired trick for maximizing its range. When you think of robots, … Read more