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Uber Eats Launches Robot Delivery Service in Miami
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Uber Eats Launches Robot Delivery Service in Miami

Online food ordering and delivery platform Uber Eats has launched a robot food delivery service in Miami via a partnership with robotics firm Cartken.

Robotic Falcon Designed to Help Prevent Bird Strikes
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Robotic Falcon Designed to Help Prevent Bird Strikes

Researchers at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands have developed a robotic peregrine falcon in a bid to prevent birds from colliding with aircraft. ...

These Cute Robots Could Deliver Your Next Coffee
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These Cute Robots Could Deliver Your Next Coffee

Hong Kong Polytechnic University's Kaye Chon said the pandemic-related exodus from the hospitality industry has contributed to an increase in the use of robots...

Humanoid Diving Robot Explores Shipwrecks
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Humanoid Diving Robot Explores Shipwrecks

The OceanOneK robot built by Stanford University researchers is exploring shipwrecks and sunken planes on the ocean floor.

Ukrainians Use 3D Technology to Preserve Cultural Artifacts
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Ukrainians Use 3D Technology to Preserve Cultural Artifacts

Civilians in Ukraine are recording three-dimensional models of artifacts in a permanent digital archive as part of Backup Ukraine, a project to save the country's...

Smart Tech Helping to Save China's Giant Pandas
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Smart Tech Helping to Save China's Giant Pandas

The Digital Panda System was designed to protect the habitat of giant pandas by detecting wildfires where they live and notifying emergency crews to intercede quickly...

What It's Like to Have a Robot Paint Your Nails for $10
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What It's Like to Have a Robot Paint Your Nails for $10

Retail giant Target has deployed fingernail-painting robots manufactured by the Clockwork company at three stores in California and Minnesota.

How Athletes Push Boundaries with Wearable Tech
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How Athletes Push Boundaries with Wearable Tech

Wearable technology is being used by an increasing number of athletes to record their physical performance and push themselves to achieve more.

Virginia Family Gets Keys to Habitat for Humanity's First 3D-Printed Home in U.S.
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Virginia Family Gets Keys to Habitat for Humanity's First 3D-Printed Home in U.S.

A Virginia family purchased Habitat for Humanity's first 3D-printed home in the U.S., constructed in partnership with 3D printing company Alquist.

World's First Living Robots Can Reproduce, Scientists Say
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World's First Living Robots Can Reproduce, Scientists Say

The C-shaped parent xenobots collect and compress loose stem cells together into piles which can mature into offspring.

Drone at Pennsylvania Electric Substation First to 'Specifically Target Energy Infrastructure'
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Drone at Pennsylvania Electric Substation First to 'Specifically Target Energy Infrastructure'

A July 2020 drone crash was the first known case of a "modified unmanned aircraft system likely being used in the U.S. to specifically target energy infrastructure...

More Than 50 Robots Work at Singapore High-Tech Hospital
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More Than 50 Robots Work at Singapore High-Tech Hospital

Over 50 robots are working at Singapore's Changi General Hospital, performing activities ranging from surgery to administrative activities.

Scientists Use 3D Printer to Create World's Smallest Boat
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Scientists Use 3D Printer to Create World's Smallest Boat

Researchers at Leiden University in the Netherlands created the world's smallest boat using an electron microscope and a high-resolution three-dimensional printer...

Drones to Drop Seeds to Boost Koala Gum Tree Numbers After Devastating Australia Bushfires
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Drones to Drop Seeds to Boost Koala Gum Tree Numbers After Devastating Australia Bushfires

Specialized drones are being tested in a program to increase koala populations on Australia's east coast by dropping gum tree seeds.

Robot Dogs Join U.S. Air Force Exercise
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Robot Dogs Join U.S. Air Force Exercise

A recent U.S. Air Force exercise utilizing robot dogs offered a potential preview of things to come on battlefields.

Can Art Help Save Marine Life? Socio-Ecological Artist Designs Coral Reefs Using VR
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Can Art Help Save Marine Life? Socio-Ecological Artist Designs Coral Reefs Using VR

Socio-ecological artist Colleen Flanigan used Google's Tilt Brush app to create a "living sculpture" that she hopes will revive coral communities.

Australian Military Gets First Drone That Can Fly With AI
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Australian Military Gets First Drone That Can Fly With AI

The Royal Australian Air Force has received a prototype of a jet-powered drone that Boeing Australia said will use artificial intelligence to "fly independently...

Singapore Deploys Robot 'Dog' to Encourage Social Distancing
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Singapore Deploys Robot 'Dog' to Encourage Social Distancing

Singapore's government will deploy a robot from Boston Dynamics at a local park as part of a pilot project to encourage social distancing.

This Robot Is Helping Astronauts on the Space Station With Tasks, Stress, Isolation
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This Robot Is Helping Astronauts on the Space Station With Tasks, Stress, Isolation

A ball-shaped robot is helping astronauts on the International Space Station manage tasks, stress, and the isolation of living 200 miles above our planet’s surface...

Grocery Stores Turn to Robots During the Coronavirus
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Grocery Stores Turn to Robots During the Coronavirus

Local grocers and large supermarket chains are deploying robots to clean floors, stock shelves, and deliver groceries during the coronavirus pandemic
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