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When robots and origami collide

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A prototype robot developed at MIT can automatically fold itself into an airplane or an origami boat.
A prototype robot developed at MIT can automatically fold itself into an airplane or an origami boat.

Developers at MIT are combining ultra-modern robotics with the ancient art of origami to create something that is certainly more than meets the eye: shape-shifting robots.

In a triumph for the adage "Waste not, want not", a New Zealand company is leading the way in the creation of biomaterials, or in this case, nano-fibres made from the offcuts of fish.

A woman with cancer of the trachea has survived against the odds thanks to a replacement grown from her own stem cells.

In a 1984-esque step for protective parents, the iPhone has launched Whereoscope.

The app converts a child's iPhone into a device that tracks all of their to-ings and fro-ings.

Finally, more Americans may be motivated to learn sign language as the Microsoft virtual reality add-on Kinect for Xbox 360 expands to include the ability to interpret its first visual language.

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