NASA going to asteroid, bringing back samples
(PhysOrg.com) -- NASA is going to send a spacecraft to an asteroid and bring back samples to Earth.
Team robot: Autonomous vehicles collaborate to explore, map buildings
(PhysOrg.com) -- In a project sponsored by the Army Research Laboratory, researchers are giving autonomous robots the ability to work together to explore and map the interiors of buildings. Beyond soldiers, ...
Willow Garage introduces affordable, programmable robot - TurtleBot
Robot fish can trick the real thing
Scientists have long turned to nature for inspiration and innovation. From unlocking the secrets of spider silk to create super-strong materials to taking hints from geckos for new adhesives, clues from the ...
When the playroom is the computer
For all the work that's gone into developing educational media, even the most stimulating TV shows and video games leave kids stationary. Researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory are hoping to change that with ...
Rats to robots - brain's grid cells tell us how we navigate
(PhysOrg.com) -- Rats and robots can tell us how the brain maps out familiar environments and navigates in them, Queensland University of Technology robotics researchers have found.
Tiny micro air vehicles may someday explore and detect environmental hazards
Dr. Robert Wood of Harvard University is leading the way in what could become the next phase of high-performance micro air vehicles for the Air Force.
Japan takes another step in replacing humans with robots
The replacement of humans by machines in the workplace took another step on Wednesday, as Japanese researchers unveiled a model they hope could lead to humanoid menial workers.
Robots learning from experience (w/ Video)
Software that enables robots to move objects about a room, building up ever-more knowledge about their environment, is an important step forward in artificial intelligence.
Artificial bee eye gives insight into insects' visual world
Despite their tiny brains, bees have remarkable navigation capabilities based on their vision. Now scientists have recreated a light-weight imaging system mimicking a honeybee's field of view, which could ...
Robots get an artificial skin
Robots are breaking barriers: Long banished behind steel barriers, they are entering new fields of application such as the manufacturing, household and healthcare sectors. The requisite safety can be provided ...
Swarm robotics: Hop, jump and stick (w/ Video)
A swarm of flying robots soars into a blazing forest fire. With insect-like precision and agility, the machines land on tree trunks and bound over rough terrain before deploying crucial sensors and tools to track the inferno ...
Bioengineers create simulator to test blood platelets in virtual heart attacks
A team of bioengineers from the University of Pennsylvania Institute for Medicine and Engineering have trained a computer neural network model to accurately predict how blood platelets would respond to complex conditions ...
Military robots seen as lifesavers
(AP) -- On the outside, it looks like a normal SUV. But the prototype "autonomous robot car" - fitted with sensors and scanners, multifocal camera systems and powerful computers - might one day help avoid ...