The subunits could be robotically assembled to produce large, complex objects, including cars, robots, or wind turbine blades.
Nov. 18, 2020 • ~10 min
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In the Maldives, an MIT team is conducting experiments to combat sea-level rise by redirecting natural sand movement.
May 11, 2020 • ~9 min
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Systems of tiny robots may someday build high-performance structures, from airplanes to space settlements.
Oct. 16, 2019 • ~9 min
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Mobile motor could pave the way for robots to assemble complex structures — including other robots.
July 2, 2019 • ~5 min
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Expanding polymer enables self-folding without heating or immersion in water.
Sept. 13, 2017 • ~7 min
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“Morphing” wing could enable more efficient plane manufacturing and flight.
Nov. 3, 2016 • ~10 min
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Skylar Tibbits creates smart materials that elegantly transform themselves to improve processes and products.
Aug. 11, 2015 • ~7 min
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Controlled by magnetic fields, tiny robot climbs inclines, swims, and carries loads twice its weight.
June 12, 2015 • ~5 min
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