VIBRATE MODE A new smartphone app called MyShake can detect nearby earthquakes and may one day provide early warnings of tremors, its creators say. Researchers tested the app using vibrating tables that mimic quakes (shown).
Berkeley Seismological Laboratory
SQUISH A new, collapsible robot can squeeze into tight spaces like its living inspiration, the American cockroach, Periplaneta americana.
Tom Libby, Kaushik Jayaram and Pauline Jennings; Courtesy of PolyPEDAL Lab UC Berkeley
A humanoid robot named Hubo uses a mechanical hand to turn a valve at the finals of the DARPA Robotics Challenge in California.