What technology can learn from animals | how robots learn to move like human beings | why being overweight is a cancer risk
Cockroaches are masters of movement with incredible abilities. They are extremely quick, have a lot of endurance and are very agile. At the University of California at Berkeley a team of biologists, mathematicians and engineers have been studying how insects and other creatures move, jump, fly and crawl.
Roaches’ ability to defy gravity and leaping lizards that always land perfectly are just a few of the inspirations that have led to some creative designs in the robotics lab.
Prof. Dr. Christoph Neinhuis talkes about how engineers study nature, where bionic research is heading for, and how long it takes to get results.
A team of Swiss researchers have put together a robot with distinct human characteristics - RO-boy. His ability to move is based on a mechanical system of artificial muscles and tendons. The unique system’s struts and strings, electric motors and sensors also allow him to ‘learn’ new movements.
Fat cells from specific kinds of fat in the body release cancer-enhancing messenger chemicals. The more ‘visceral fat’ you have, the greater the risk you’ll develop carcinoma. New studies have show that obese people are around twice as likely to develop intestinal or breast cancer as people who have normal weight.