Leonardo's interest in the human form and replicating human bodily movement foreshadow ideas present in modern robotics.
For those with reduced mobility and even just the normally aging, stairs can pose a big problem. A cheap and efficient new prototype could help.
Using a technique inspired by how human brains operate, researchers have found a way to help robots move more smoothly and more quickly.
One of the engineers behind Bloodhound, the UK's anticipated world land speed record attempt, explains how they created a car to reach 1000mph.
The way sea lions swim is unique among fish and marine mammals. Their technique provides a biomechanical model to design agile underwater vehicles... but first we have to figure out how they do it.