A microbot alongside a paramecium. These robots are the size of a speck of dust and could be used for a number of tasks, from cleaning smartphone batteries to studying our brains. Photograph:   Kenneth Chang

Like Frankenstein, Marc Miskin’s robots initially lie motionless. Then their limbs jerk to life. But these robots are the size of a speck of dust. Th(...)

Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s monster. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty

Frankenstein’s monster, from the imagination of author Mary Shelley, scared the daylights out of people when the film hit the screens in 1931. It told(...)

There is little that Brexit does not touch. The Bill even includes a measure to continue to protect the pilots of ships steering boats into the State’s harbours and ports should the UK leave without a deal

It is the law nobody wants to cope with a problem the Government wishes it did not have; it is legislation the Government hopes will never have to be (...)

 A Knightscope security robot at the company’s showroom in Manhattan. Are we secretly terrified that robots will take our jobs? Upend our societies? Control our every move with their ever-expanding capabilities and air of quiet malice? Photograph: The New York Times

Tchhiking robot was beheaded in Philadelphia. A security robot was punched to the ground in Silicon Valley. Another security bot, in San Francisco, wa(...)

DUP Leader Arlene Foster: Said there was “no party narrative” by the DUP to discredit former minister Jonathan Bell over the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme controversy. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

DUP leader Arlene Foster has said there was no strategy by her party to deflect attention from its alleged involvement in delays in ending overspendin(...)

Spain’s new leader  Pedro Sánchez (left) shakes hands with deposed prime minister Mariano Rajoy  after Mr Sánchez won no-confidence motion in the Spanish parliament in Madrid on Friday. Photograph:  Pierre-Philippe Marcou/Getty Images

The seven-year tenure of Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy came to an abrupt end on Friday as he lost a parliamentary confidence vote led by Social(...)

 British film director Terry Gilliam said in an interview  that women who met up with Harvey Weinstein ‘knew what they were doing’.  File photograph: Stephane De Sakutin/AFP/Getty

Actor Ellen Barkin has hit out at Terry Gilliam after leading criticism of the director and former Monty Python member’s “mob rule” comments on the #M(...)

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg: dismissive of the idea that social media and artificial intelligence could be used for global domination. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

The idea of Mark Zuckerberg running for president was always sort of scary. But now it’s really scary, given what we’ve discovered about the power of (...)

Barry Keoghan at the premiere for “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” at the Toronto International Film Festival. Photograph: Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images

Awards season has begun. Okay, that’s not quite true. With next year’s Oscars happening in March we’re still more than six months away from the ceremo(...)

A woman demonstrates her prosthesis created with 3D printing technology at the Tecnologico de Monterrey in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, earlier this month. Photograph: Ulises Ruiz Basurto/EPA

Erik Gatenholm first saw a 3D bioprinter in early 2015. His father, Paul, a professor in chemistry and biopolymer technology at Chalmers University of(...)

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