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Carbon Nanotube (CNT) Based Dry Adhesive

DSIAC received a request for more information and related articles on the topic of a journal article “Dry Adhesive Holds in Extreme Cold, Strengthens in Extreme Heat,” which had an excerpt in the Defense Systems Digest. This article details…

Autonomous Insect Robots

DSIAC was asked to track down technical publications regarding tiny, insect robots with an emphasis on the means of control and communication among swarms of unmanned autonomous systems, as well as organizations supporting such work….

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Library of Spider Silk Could Hold Secrets for New Materials

With two pairs of fine-tipped tweezers and the hands of a surgeon, Cheryl Hayashi began dissecting the body of a silver garden spider under her microscope. In just a few minutes, she found what she was seeking: hundreds of silk glands, the organs spiders use to make their webs. Some looked like mashed potatoes, others

Astro Robo-Dog Packs an AI-Enabled “Brain” in its 3D-Printed Head

Astro utilizes a deep neural network to learn new tasks through a process of trial and errors and could find use in applications such as the detection of guns and explosives, guiding the blind, exploring hazardous environments, or assisting soldiers on the battlefield. We”ve already seen several dog-like quadruped robots, which move by walking with

A Novel Robotic Jellyfish Able to Perform 3-D Jet Propulsion and Maneuvers

As a source of inspiration, aquatic creatures such as fish, cetaceans, and jellyfish could inspire innovative designs to improve the ways that manmade systems operate in and interact with aquatic environments. Jellyfishes in nature propel themselves through their surroundings by radially expanding and contracting their bell-shaped bodies to push water behind them, which is called