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Origami batteries power up

If you’ve ever struggled to fold paper into the shape of a flying crane, you’ll already be familiar with origami. But an engineer in the US has created something a little more unusual out of folded paper: a battery.

Can robots tie their shoelaces?

Dexterous robots who can tie their own shoelaces and play intricate piano solos have so far been the preserve of science fiction. But neuroscientists in Germany have brought this vision a step closer to reality.