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Metal or muscle? The future of biologically inspired robots

Biology has inspired the development of agile robots, and it is now teaching us how to grow machines from living cells. Find out the...

Forging global cooperation and collaboration

AbstractAs researchers create better robots, major robotics initiatives and government funding programs need better international cooperation and collaboration.The year 2020 will witness a...

Soft biohybrid morphing wings with feathers underactuated by wrist and finger motion

INTRODUCTIONCurrent aircraft use wing ailerons to initiate turn maneuvers and wing flaps and slats to increase lift and drag during takeoff and landing...

Explainable robotics in science fiction

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XAI—Explainable artificial intelligence | Science Robotics

AbstractExplainability is essential for users to effectively understand, trust, and manage powerful artificial intelligence applications.Recent successes in machine learning (ML) have led to...

A formal methods approach to interpretable reinforcement learning for robotic planning

PreliminariesMDP and RLRL is an area of machine learning that focuses on finding an optimal policy that maximizes a cumulative reward by interacting...

An autonomous untethered fast soft robotic insect driven by low-voltage dielectric elastomer actuators

INTRODUCTIONSoft animals have long fascinated humans. Recent progress in soft robots (1, 2) have enabled a broad range of applications, many of them...

A tale of two explanations: Enhancing human trust by explaining robot behavior

Embodied haptic model detailsThe embodied haptic model leverages low-level haptic signals obtained from the robot’s manipulator to make action predictions based on the...

A robotic Intelligent Towing Tank for learning complex fluid-structure dynamics

INTRODUCTIONIt is 3:00 a.m. in mid-winter in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sea Grant Hydrodynamics Laboratory is pitch black and...

Using the fringe field of a clinical MRI scanner enables robotic navigation of tethered instruments in deeper vascular regions

AbstractNavigating tethered instruments through the vasculatures to reach deeper physiological locations presently inaccessible would extend the applicability of many medical interventions, including but...

Bioinspired dual-morphing stretchable origami | Science Robotics

AbstractNature demonstrates adaptive and extreme shape morphing via unique patterns of movement. Many of them have been explained by monolithic shape-changing mechanisms, such...

Magnetic quadrupole assemblies with arbitrary shapes and magnetizations

AbstractMagnetic dipole-dipole interactions govern the behavior of magnetic matter across scales from micrometer colloidal particles to centimeter magnetic soft robots. This pairwise long-range...

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China wants to build a new space station. A launch planned for April will help prepare.

China's space program is planning a launch in April to prepare for building the country's next space station.A Long March 5B rocket will...