February 17, 2017 Steven Avery

Why it matters to you By sharing their blueprints, these researchers may help create tomorrow’s drug-delivering biobots. Bioengineers Ritu Raman and Rashid Bashir know biobots. They’ve been building them for years as part of their work within Bashir’s research group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Five years ago, they…

February 16, 2017 David Pierce

Ingo Meckmann/Piaggio Fast ForwardIn the summer months of 2015, Jeffrey Schnapp and a few of his colleagues started collecting rideables. The hoverboard craze was in full swing, and OneWheels and Boosteds were showing up on roads and sidewalks. Schnapp and his co-founders rode, drove, and crashed everything they could find….

February 15, 2017 Shilpa Lama

Bipedal robots are one of the most intensely researched areas of mechanical engineering, and while it’s a notoriously difficult problem, there’s no shortage of material from which to draw inspiration. Cassie, a new robot from Agility Robotics, is a great example of that: its stable yet precise gait and was…

February 14, 2017 Rebecca MacLary

reader comments 129 Share this story Humans must become cyborgs and develop a direct high-bandwidth connection with machines or risk irrelevance and obsolescence, says Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk. Musk’s latest cheery thoughts were imparted at the World Government Summit in the UAE. “Over time I think we will…