Researchers at the University of Montreal have created a thermometer that's an astonishing 20,000 times smaller than a single human hair. The work could lead to significant improvements in our understanding of how the human body functions on the nanoscale.
Now here is a robot that is far less cuddly than Big Hero 6, but at least it is real and does not remain in the realm of fiction. The BIG-i robot butler might resemble the form factor of a trash can, but you can bet your bottom dollar that it will be a whole lot more helpful compared to a regular bin for rubbish.
A team at the University of Washington has just moved DNA data storage forward a significant step by making the data stored therein both searchable and directly accessible. They encoded four digital images in DNA, and then retrieved them perfectly. You can read the full paper here.
Scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory figured out how to hack a Stratasys 3D printer so that it not only prints the hard and flexible materials necessary for mobile robots, but also simultaneously adds in fluid to create working hydraulics, giving them the ability to print an entire, working hydraulic-actuated robot in one 3D print pass.