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Robots, Space Technology Run Australia's Mining Miracle
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Robots, Space Technology Run Australia's Mining Miracle

Rio Tinto plans to use satellite, motion-sensor technology, and robotics to become the most technologically advanced mining company in the world. 

The Man Who Made a Copy of Himself
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The Man Who Made a Copy of Himself

Roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro, one of the world's most brilliant—and controversial—android makers, has built android copies of a child, a woman, and now, himself.

­pc Students Try to Send a Spherical Robot to the Moon
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­pc Students Try to Send a Spherical Robot to the Moon

Students at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya's Castelldefels School of Technology are working with Team FREDNET to place a small robot named PicoRover on...

Nasa Mars Rover Getting Smarter as It Gets Older
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Nasa Mars Rover Getting Smarter as It Gets Older

Software uploaded to NASA's Mars exploration rover Opportunity gives the rover the ability to make its own choices about whether to make additional observations...

Swarms of Helicopter Robots Could Create Huge 3-D Displays
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Swarms of Helicopter Robots Could Create Huge 3-D Displays

The Flyfire project at MIT's SENSEable City Laboratory is creating tiny LED-equipped helicopters that will move in concert to create dramatic, free-form displays...

Fast, Strong Deltabot Moves Forward in the Robotics Market
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Fast, Strong Deltabot Moves Forward in the Robotics Market

A research team at the University of Waterloo has built DeltaBot, a robot that uses cables for arms instead of rigid components and has a cylinder in the middle...

Amarsi Project Could See Robots Learn From Co-Workers
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Amarsi Project Could See Robots Learn From Co-Workers

The AMARSi project aims to build humanoid robots that can autonomously learn and develop motor skills in open-ended environments just as humans do.

Software: Running Commentary For Smarter Surveillance?
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Software: Running Commentary For Smarter Surveillance?

Cutting-edge surveillance software that automatically detects human motion, behaviour and facial expressions, generates a running commentary of what's happening...

Safety Issues Loom as Humanoid Invasion Approaches
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Safety Issues Loom as Humanoid Invasion Approaches

As robot technology advances, and their use puts them in closer contact with humans, safety has become a top priority for some researchers. 

Japan Baby-Robot Teaches Parenting Skills
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Japan Baby-Robot Teaches Parenting Skills

Tsukuba University engineering students have developed Yotaro, a baby humanoid robot designed to teach young people about parenting. 

Could This Be The Robot Servant Who Will Serve You Breakfast In Bed?
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Could This Be The Robot Servant Who Will Serve You Breakfast In Bed?

Tokyo University researchers have created Kojiro, a humanoid robot that is learning to mimic how people walk. 

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Context Is Ev . . . Well, Something, Anyway

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a way to improve object recognition systems by using information about their context. 

Machine-Learning Revolutionizes Software Development
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Machine-Learning Revolutionizes Software Development

Automation technology has revolutionized the fine-tuning needed to maximize software performance on devices such as mobile phones.

Robot Bred in Wales to Seek Life on Red Planet
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Robot Bred in Wales to Seek Life on Red Planet

Aberystwyth University researcher Stephen Pugh has developed a picture-taking robot designed to look for signs of life on Mars. Pugh is fine-tuning the robot's...

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Internet's Future on Display at Singularity U.

The Internet of the future is an intelligent network capable of proactively acting on our needs, following us wherever we go, helping provide us with focused health...

Nasa Grooming Satellite Repair-Bots
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Nasa Grooming Satellite Repair-Bots

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is developing satellite repair-bots to demonstrate the feasibility of refueling, repairing, and servicing...

The Interpreter in the Laptop
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The Interpreter in the Laptop

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology scientists will demonstrate a language-to-language translation device at the upcoming CeBIT conference. The device combines automatic...

Tracking Garbage
From Communications of the ACM

Tracking Garbage

Researchers are focusing on the so-called "removal chain" in an attempt to save landfill space, improve recycling rates, and trim the flow of toxic materials into...

Stanford Software Is Gaining the Sophistication to Comprehend What Humans Write
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Stanford Software Is Gaining the Sophistication to Comprehend What Humans Write

Stanford University professor Chris Manning is working to enable computers to process human language well enough to use the information it conveys. Manning says...

Swarm of Micro-Helicopters Could Create a Giant 3-D Display
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Swarm of Micro-Helicopters Could Create a Giant 3-D Display

Mechanical fireflies could help create a new kind of 3-D display, say researchers at MIT. Standing in for the bioluminescent beetles will be LED-fitted, remotely...
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