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Robot Provides 3-D Images of Dangerous Locations
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Robot Provides 3-D Images of Dangerous Locations

Soldiers and first responders may soon have a better way to evaluate the interior of dangerous structures. Students at Missouri S&T, in a joint project with the...

When Cars Go to Driving School
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When Cars Go to Driving School

Posh cars already learn how you like your seat and steering wheel adjusted. The next generation of cars may be smart enough to learn how you drive and warn you...

Dwarf Helicopters, Smart Subs, and Mining Robots to Automate Australia
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Dwarf Helicopters, Smart Subs, and Mining Robots to Automate Australia

Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems (CAS)  research director Hugh Durrant-Whyte has led the development of robots for use in...

Student ­ses Artificial Intelligence to ­nderstand Bee Behavior
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Student ­ses Artificial Intelligence to ­nderstand Bee Behavior

A computer model of the foraging behavior of bumblebees could be used to determine future policies on genetically modified crops in the United Kingdom and Europe...

Lego Robot Solves Any Rubik
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Lego Robot Solves Any Rubik

Be warned my fellow humans, robots will not be satisfied until they defeat us in even the most trivial of contests. Cube Stormer is the latest creation from Mike...

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Surgeons Perform Robot-Assisted Cystectomy

UT Southwestern Medical Center surgeons completed the North Texas region's first robot-assisted bladder removal using the DaVinci system, a four-armed robot controlled...

Humanoid Robots to Gain Advanced Social Skills
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Humanoid Robots to Gain Advanced Social Skills

European robotics researchers are developing humanoid robots that can interact with groups of people in a realistic, anthropomorphic way. The HUMAVIPS project...

Nasa: Robots 'essential' to Endeavour Mission's Success
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Nasa: Robots 'essential' to Endeavour Mission's Success

Robots have a vital role on the space shuttle Endeavour's mission to install two new pieces of the International Space Station. Robotics technology is a critical...

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Ibm's Jeopardy-Playing Machine Now Beats Human Contestants

IBM's Jeopardy-playing supercomputer is now capable of beating human Jeopardy contestants on a regular basis, but has a ways to go before it takes on the likes...

Dash to the Next Gen of Robots: Small, Cheap, and Feral
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Dash to the Next Gen of Robots: Small, Cheap, and Feral

The University of California, Berkeley's Biomimetic Millisystems Lab has developed the Dynamic Autonomous Sprawled Hexapod (DASH), a small, inexpensive, and highly...

Stanford's Robotic Audi to Brave Pikes Peak Without a Driver
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Stanford's Robotic Audi to Brave Pikes Peak Without a Driver

A team of researchers at the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS) has filled the trunk of an Audi TTS with computers and GPS receivers, transforming...

Nasa and Gm Develop 'robonaut2' Robot
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Nasa and Gm Develop 'robonaut2' Robot

Engineers from NASA and General Motors have jointly developed what they tout as "the world's most dexterous robot" called "Robonaut2" to supplement human activity...

MSU Pushing Robot Development
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MSU Pushing Robot Development

Michigan State University (MSU) researchers are developing robots that can climb walls, detect breast cancer and test protective clothing worn by soldiers. 

Making Vagueness Into an Exact Science
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Making Vagueness Into an Exact Science

Aberdeen University computer scientist Kees van Deemter is creating a system that would be able to understand the meaning of vague phrases. 

DARPA Develops 4-Legged Robot to Haul Equipment Over Rugged Terrain
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DARPA Develops 4-Legged Robot to Haul Equipment Over Rugged Terrain

Looking like a robotic mule, the Legged Squad Support System (LS3) being developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will carry 400 pounds of equipment...

The Uncertain Future For Social Robots
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The Uncertain Future For Social Robots

Being hacked by a robot requires much less hardware than I expected. There’s no need for virtual-reality goggles or 3D holograms. There are no skullcaps studded...

Insectlike 'microids' Might Walk, Run, Work, in Colonies
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Insectlike 'microids' Might Walk, Run, Work, in Colonies

Purdue University researchers have developed microids, miniature, insect-like robots that feature tiny legs and mandibles built using solid-state muscles. Computer...

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Computer Scientists Develop Neuro-Computer That Actively Learns

Researchers from the Institute for Theoretical Science at the Graz University of Technology are creating a new generation of neuro-computers based on learning mechanisms...

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Robots Display Predatory-Prey Co-Evolution, Evolve Better Homing Techniques

Researchers at the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems in the Ecole Polytechnique Federale of Lausanne are applying evolutionary principles to robot development. 

Smart Dust? Not Quite, but We
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Smart Dust? Not Quite, but We

In computing, the vision always precedes the reality by a decade or more. The pattern has held true from the personal computer to the Internet, as it takes time...
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