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Harvard University engineers have come up with a production technique inspired by pop-up books and origami that allows tiny robots to be mass-produced in sheets. The Harvard Monolithic Bee (or Mobee), for example, turns from a flat shape into a 2.4-millimetre-tall robot in just one movement. The folding process takes less than a second.
Called “feathered apes” for their simianlike smarts, crows use tools, understand physics, and recognize themselves and humans. But new research suggests that the brainy birds may be even smarter than was previously thought. Given a complex problem and an assortment of tools, New Caledonian crows came up with a creative solution that hints at higher-order thinking. (See link.)
A team at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has developed a new 3D printing software pipeline that allows multiple materials to be used in the one object or the internal architecture of the object to be modified to vary the its density and therefore its flexibility.