17 Sep 2014

Dr Siouxsie Wiles on walking robots

From Nine To Noon, 11:45 am on 17 September 2014
Dr Siouxsie Wiles

Dr Siouxsie Wiles Photo: University of Auckland

Nine to Noon's science commentator, Dr Siouxsie Wiles, of Auckland University explains the worlds first free walking  'soft' robot - which can navigate all kinds of terrain, and even survive being run over and set on fire.

I was kind of creeped out at first - this is just so unlike every other robot I've seen or read about.  Its like a headless doll or the thumb creations from Spy Kids. But it just shows that maybe scientists have been thinking about robots all wrong!

- Siouxsie Wiles

Dr Wiles also talks about the world's largest DNA origami creation

And three papers just out in the journal Nature Genetics identifying new genes involved in an increased risk of prostate cancer, life-threatening reactions to immunosuppressive drugs and neuro disorders such as ADHD and autism.

Siouxsie Wiles discusses science issues with Kathryn Ryan during Nine to Noon.