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Blackout? Robots to the Rescue

(Phys.org) —Big disasters almost always result in big power failures. Not only do they take down the TV and fridge, they also wreak havoc with key infrastructure like cell towers. That can delay search ...

Sep 25, 2014
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Victoria team defend title with speedy robot

A team from Victoria's School of Engineering and Computer Science, led by Robby Lopez, beat 15 other teams from Australian and New Zealand universities to take top honours in the 2013 competition with its ...

Sep 22, 2014
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Flying robots will go where humans can't

There are many situations where it's impossible, complicated or too time-consuming for humans to enter and carry out operations. Think of contaminated areas following a nuclear accident, or the need to erect ...

Sep 17, 2014
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Will tomorrow's robots move like snakes?

Over the last few years, researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) have developed biologically inspired robots designed to fly like falcons, perch like pigeons, and swim ...

Sep 16, 2014
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Robot Boris learning to load a dishwasher (w/ Video)

Researchers at the University of Birmingham in the U.K. have set themselves an ambitious goal: programming a robot in such a way as to allow it to collect dishes, cutlery, etc. from a dinner table, and put ...

Sep 12, 2014 report
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Deep-sea diver hand offers freedom and feedback

Bodyskins and goggles are hardly the solution for divers who need to reach extreme depths. The Atmospheric Dive Suit (ADS) gives them the protection they need. Recently, The Economist detailed a technology ...

Sep 12, 2014 weblog
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MIT ATLAS robot demo shows advanced moves (w/ Video)

The bipedal robot ATLAS from MIT is moving on. Reacting to the recent video of "MIT Atlas truckin' with a truss," TechCrunch said, "We've seen the cute little guy walk, toddle, and climb over obstacles but ...

Sep 07, 2014 weblog
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Robots lending a helping hand to build planes

Trying to squeeze into small enclosed areas, carrying out highly repetitive tasks, retiring with back injuries even while your expertise is needed: these everyday realities of working in aviation construction ...

Ultrafast remote switching of light emission

Meet the "swarmies"- robotics' answer to bugs

(Phys.org) —A small band of NASA engineers and interns is about to begin testing a group of robots and related software that will show whether it's possible for autonomous machines to scurry about an alien ...

C2D2 fighting corrosion

Bridges become an infrastructure problem as they get older, as de-icing salt and carbon dioxide gradually destroy the reinforced concrete. A new robot can now check the condition of these structures, even ...

Hitchhiking robot reaches journey's end in Canada

A chatty robot with an LED-lit smiley face sent hitchhiking across Canada this summer as part of a social experiment reached its final destination Thursday after several thousand kilometers on the road.

Hitchhiking robot charms its way across Canada

He has dipped his boots in Lake Superior, crashed a wedding and attended an Aboriginal powwow. A talking, bucket-bodied robot has enthralled Canadians since it departed from Halifax last month on a hitchhiking ...

Microsoft skips Windows 9 to emphasize advances

Entanglement made tangible

NASA ocean data shows 'climate dance' of plankton

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Study shows how chimpanzees share skills

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NASA rocket has six minutes to study solar heating

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