From Charles Darwin, who once called it “one of the most wonderful plants in the world,” to the man-eating Audrey II of "Little Shop of Horrors", the Venus flytrap has inspired artists and scientists for more than a century. Into that canon enters a new soft gripping robot, which as described in a study released today in the journal Nature Communications, uses the flytrap as its design inspiration for sensing and picking up objects.
Facebook's billion-plus users speak a plethora of languages, and right now, the social network supports translation of over 45 different tongues. That means that if you're an English speaker confronted with German, or a French speaker seeing Spanish, you'll see a link that says “See Translation.”
Yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook is hiring 3,000 people to work on its community operations team, which reviews images, videos, and posts that users report. These new hires will join the 4,500 existing employees in an effort to minimize the reach of future events like the shooting of Robert Goodwin. It's a considerable-but-essential investment for Facebook, but it leads us to a basic question: Can't this job be automated?
The moons orbiting Jupiter and Saturn lie far from the sun's warmth. Most have no atmosphere, and many are covered in an icy sheath miles thick. They're also our best bet for finding life in our own solar system. Beneath the frozen crusts lie vast oceans, and space agencies in the United States and beyond are hard at work on the robots that will one day visit them.