Many years ago, long before I came to Defenders, my coworker Joe “The Pirate” was weighing in on how he wasn’t terribly concerned if I fell from the scaffolding we were working from. That wasn’t much comfort at the time, but there is some truth to what Joe said: bouncing off unforeseen challenges is a healthy thing because if we’re rigid and set in our ways (or have aging bones), we’re more likely to break. It was with Joe’s “advice” in mind that I read the title of a new paper out in the journal Nature: Controlled flight of a microrobot powered by soft artificial muscles. And I said, “Ah-ha! I bet this could be of use!” and proceeded to read the paper. And, turns out, it could be! Find out how here.