3D-printed robot hand ‘plays’ the piano

19 Dec 2018

Scientists have developed a 3D-printed robotic hand which can play simple musical phrases on the piano by just moving its wrist. And while the robot is no virtuoso, it demonstrates just how challenging it is to replicate all the abilities of a human hand, and how much complex movement can still be achieved through design. 

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Peters' wrinkle-lipped bat. Courtesy of Adrià López-Baucells

Bats to the rescue

13 Dec 2018

A new study shows that bats are giving Madagascar’s rice farmers a vital pest control service by feasting on plagues of insects. And this, a Cambridge zoologist believes, can ease the pressure on farmers to turn rainforest into fields.

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