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Japan Plans a Moon Base By 2020, Built By Robots For Robots
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Japan Plans a Moon Base By 2020, Built By Robots For Robots

An ambitious $2.2 billion project in the works at JAXA, the Japanese space agency, plans to put humanoid robots on the moon by 2015, and the Japanese could have...

Beyond the Smart Grid
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Beyond the Smart Grid

The electrical grid isn't the only utility acquiring intelligence, as water and gas meters throughout the U...

Robots Are the Key to Stopping the Oil Spill
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Robots Are the Key to Stopping the Oil Spill

At its greatest depths, the sea floor is a dark, tranquil, and foreboding place, beyond the reach of both sunlight and human divers. Yet the area around the Deepwater...

DARPA
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DARPA

Software systems could one day analyze everything from blurry war-zone footage to the subtle sarcasm in a written paragraph, thanks to two unassuming scientists...

Engineer Says Robotics Can Use a Woman's Touch
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Engineer Says Robotics Can Use a Woman's Touch

Texas A&M at College Station computer science professor Robin Murphy creates rescue robots designed to slither through collapsed buildings, fly over wildfires,...

Teaching Robots Some Manners
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Teaching Robots Some Manners

People are more likely to adapt to and use robots if they behave more like humans, even if that means they operate less efficiently. 

Virtual Reality ­sed to Transfer Men's Minds Into a Woman's Body
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Virtual Reality ­sed to Transfer Men's Minds Into a Woman's Body

Barcelona University scientists recently conducted an experiment in which they used virtual reality to transfer men's minds into a woman's body. 

Software that Learns By Watching
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Software that Learns By Watching

Overworked and much in demand, IT support staff can't be in two places at once. But software designed to watch and learn as they carry out common tasks could soon...

Fantastic Journey to Next-Generation Virtual Reality Cave
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Fantastic Journey to Next-Generation Virtual Reality Cave

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have received a grant to develop the "next-generation" CAVE virtual environment, a 3-D research tool for use...

Lsu Scientists Develop New Efficiency Software
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Lsu Scientists Develop New Efficiency Software

Louisiana State University professors Supratik Mukhopadhyay and S.S. Iyengar have developed software that can monitor systems and use the data it collects to make...

Junior, the Robotic Car, Learns to Slide Park
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Junior, the Robotic Car, Learns to Slide Park

The autonomous car that the Stanford Racing Team developed for the DARPA Urban Challenge in 2007 is now capable of parking itself from an accelerated, reverse position...

The Rover's All Right
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The Rover's All Right

Oregon State University students are building the Oregon State Wireless Active Learning Device, a remote-controlled Mars rover that features an extendable arm...

Using Artificial Intelligence to Analyze Multimedia Content
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Using Artificial Intelligence to Analyze Multimedia Content

The media produce a glut of material daily. Refining that ore into the gold of useful information requires new approaches. European researchers have now made automated...

Japanese Couple First in the World to Be Wed By a Robot
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Japanese Couple First in the World to Be Wed By a Robot

A Japanese professor of robotics and his bride were the first couple in the world officially wed by a robot.

Nasa Looking to Six-Legged Robot to Build Human Outpost on Mars
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Nasa Looking to Six-Legged Robot to Build Human Outpost on Mars

NASA is developing a six-legged robot called Athlete that can walk or roll on wheels, and ultimately aims to have it help set up a habitat on Mars for future astronauts...

Molecular Robots On the Rise
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Molecular Robots On the Rise

Researchers have created and programmed robots the size of single molecule that can move independently across a nanoscale track. This development marks an important...

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Microsoft Attempts to Predict the Future

Don’t worry about Microsoft trying to follow your every move. The company probably already knows what you will do next.

Robot-Inflicted Injuries Studied
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Robot-Inflicted Injuries Studied

German researchers have developed a prototype safety system that would reduce the injuries of humans working alongside robots using household tools. 

Seeing the Forest For the Trees
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Seeing the Forest For the Trees

New object recognition systems that deconstruct images into ever smaller elements, using methods developed at MIT and UCLA, should be much more efficient than previous...

What Would It Take to Put a Walking Robot on the Moon?
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What Would It Take to Put a Walking Robot on the Moon?

Astro-Technology SOHLA, a small cooperative of companies in Osaka, Japan, wants to put an autonomous humanoid robot on the moon. 
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