California blackworms tangle themselves up by the thousands, then separate in a split second. Their trick may inspire the design of self-detangling materials and fibers.
These tunable proteins could be used to create new materials with specific mechanical properties, like toughness or flexibility.
The structure of the desert birds’ belly feathers enables males to carry water over long distances to their chicks.
The three-fingered robotic gripper can “feel” with great sensitivity along the full length of each finger – not just at the tips.
Drawing inspiration from butterfly wings, reflective fibers woven into clothing could reshape textile sorting and recycling.
New repair techniques enable microscale robots to recover flight performance after suffering severe damage to the artificial muscles that power their wings.
Inspired by a fiddler crab eye, scientists developed an amphibious artificial vision system with a panoramic visual field.
The technique opens a door to manufacturing of pressure-monitoring bandages, shade-shifting fabrics, or touch-sensing robots.
The material could pave the way for sustainable plastics.