Robot dogs take a walk on the wired side

Robots are learning to walk and work. While robot dogs are not yet man’s best friend, real autonomy and reasoning will make them useful companions in industry, search & rescue and even space exploration. But you must walk before you can run and machines are learning lessons from biology for better walking robots.   The … Read more

Observations from space help scientists get one step ahead of the tiny but deadly mosquito

Each year, nearly three-quarters of a million people die from mosquito-borne diseases, and with climate change the problem is getting worse. EU researchers are giving public health officials the tools they need to take targeted action fast.   Some of the deadliest animals have the smallest bites. It is a stark fact  that every year … Read more

How scientists are ‘looking’ inside asteroids

This article was originally published on 19 April 2021. Asteroids can pose a threat to life on Earth but are also a valuable source of resources to make fuel or water to aid deep space exploration. Devoid of geological and atmospheric processes, these space rocks provide a window onto the evolution of the solar system. … Read more

Is Europe entering a golden age of astronomy?

Groundbreaking discoveries about gravitational waves, black holes, cosmic rays, neutrinos and other areas of cutting-edge astronomy may soon become more frequent due to the convergence of two major communities of astronomers in a fresh project.   Previously, Europe had two major collaborative networks for ground-based astronomy running over the past couple of decades, known as … Read more