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Cyro – large robotic jellyfish

By Damir Beciri
One Comment30 March 2013

jellyfishA group of researchers at the Virginia Tech College of Engineering, who previously developed a small robotic jellyfish Robojelly, developed its larger version and named it Cyro – a name derived from “cyanea” and “robot”. The cyanea part of the name originates from cyanea capillata (Lion’s mane jellyfish) – the largest known species of jellyfish… »


Imaging nanoscale dynamic systems in structural biology

By Damir Beciri
28 December 2012

imaging-dynamic-systems-in-structural-biologySeeing viruses in action in their natural environment is invaluable, and researchers at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have devised a way to directly image biological structures at their most fundamental level and in their natural habitats. The technique is a major advancement toward the ultimate goal to image nanoscale dynamic systems in structural… »


RoboCup 2011 dominated by Virginia Tech’s team

By Damir Beciri
3 Comments12 July 2011

robocup-2011-charlie-2-and-darwin-opVirginia Tech’s Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory team dominated the international robot soccer competition known as RoboCup 2011 which was hosted this past weekend in Istanbul, Turkey. Team CHARLI took first place at the Louis Vuitton Humanoid Cup, the Adult Size class with the humanoid robot CHARLI-2, and the Kid Size class with the miniature-humanoid-robot DARwIn-OP…. »

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Green architecture – LUMENHAUS

By Damir Beciri
22 November 2010

lumenhaus-1Although we tend not to write about prefabricated homes, here is an article about a house that was recently exhibited in Millennium Park, Chicago. Inspired by the glass pavilion-style Farnsworth House designed by Bauhaus architect Mies Van Der Rohe, the folks from Virginia Tech came up with LUMENHAUS – a prefabricated house which features a… »

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Gut movements in caterpillars have impact on robotic design

By Damir Beciri
29 July 2010

manduca-sexta-caterpillarWeird movements in the abdomens of freely crawling caterpillars are making headlines in the fields of biology and engineering. The findings from a multidisciplinary team of researchers, including Jake Socha, Virginia Tech assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics, Michael Simon of Tufts University’s Department of Biology, and Barry Trimmer, professor of biology at Tufts,… »