Practical robots

A Strong Robot Hand with a Softer Side

A robotic gripper that combines strength with delicacy could help drones hold packages or industrial robots sort objects.

Clean power

Morocco’s Massive Desert Solar Project Starts Up

Africa is becoming a test bed for solar power, on scales both large and small.

Practical robots

This Uncrushable Robot Cockroach Just Wants to Rescue You

Inspired by roaches’ ability to squeeze into tiny spaces, this new critter is part of a rising trend of building robots that are soft and malleable.

Biomedicine

Neuroscience’s New Toolbox

With the invention of optogenetics and other technologies, researchers can investigate the source of emotions, memory, and consciousness for the first time.

Computing

From the latest smartphones to advances in quantum computing, the hardware behind today's digital age is rapidly changing.

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