UN report wants moratorium on killer robots (Update)
Killer robots that can attack targets without any human input "should not have the power of life and death over human beings," a new draft U.N. report says.
Seahorse's armor gives engineers insight into robotics designs (w/ video)
(Phys.org) —The tail of a seahorse can be compressed to about half its size before permanent damage occurs, engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have found. The tail's exceptional flexibility ...
Laser welding as an engine of innovation
Lasers have long been able to do what traditional welding guns can. Nevertheless, many manufacturers did not dare employ the delicate technology in the raw environment of their assembly floors. At LASER 2013 (Hall C2, Booth ...
Rights group launches campaign to ban 'killer robots'
A global rights group launched a campaign on Tuesday to ban Terminator-style "killer robots" amid fears the rise of drone warfare could lead to machines with the power to make their own decisions about killing ...
Mars and the machine
Without hi-tech magnetic sensors, rovers wouldn't be able to roam around Mars. These same sensors will soon boost terrestrial travel by improving the machinery that moulds parts for cars and aircraft here ...
Shining light on elusive dark matter
The antimatter hunter AMS-02 on the International Space Station is searching for the missing pieces of our Universe. The project's first results published yesterday are hinting at a new phenomenon and revealing more a ...
Building molecules: Serendipity pays off
Serendipity – the act of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it – can sometimes pay off. Now Princeton University chemistry researchers report that this non-specific ...
'Snow White' coating protects SpaceX Dragon's trunk against rigors of space
(Phys.org) —He described it as "snow white." But NASA astronaut Don Pettit was not referring to the popular children's fairy tale.
SpaceX Dragon cargo ship leaves space station
The Dragon cargo ship has left the International Space Station and is on its way back to Earth.
Curiosity rover exits 'safe mode'
(Phys.org) —NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has returned to active status and is on track to resume science investigations, following two days in a precautionary standby status, "safe mode."
Video: Dragon grappled and berthed at Space Station
SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft has arrived at the International Space Station. After overcoming a problem with its thrusters after reaching orbit on on Friday, today, Dragon successfully approached the Station, w ...
Tamed Dragon supply ship arrives at space station (Update)
A private Earth-to-orbit delivery service made good on its latest shipment to the International Space Station on Sunday, overcoming mechanical problems and delivering a ton of supplies with high-flying finesse.
Automatic test procedures for apps on smartphones and tablets
For many so-called apps, developers and companies have not adequately ensured that the mini-programs are actually working the way they should. Therefore, computer scientists at Saarland University developed ...
Japan robot suit gets global safety certificate
A robot suit that can help the elderly or disabled get around was given its global safety certificate in Japan on Wednesday, paving the way for its worldwide rollout.