How this robot climbs walls using snake scales

What happens when you put snakes on a plane? No, not with Samuel L. Jackson – on a steep inclined plane. Generally, the animals will begin to slide down. But they can halt their fall by actively changing the positioning of their scales to increase friction. Knowing this has allowed robotic engineers to build better… » 3/21/12 1:51pm 3/21/12 1:51pm

This insect eye will one day be built into your smart phone

University of Cambridge materials scientist Chris Forman shows us the eyes of a beetle and a fruit fly in a way you've never seen them before. That's not just because they're electrograph images, which reveal the eyes in amazing detail. Forman also offers a quick introduction to biomimesis, or using biology to… » 1/19/12 7:12am 1/19/12 7:12am