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Nasa: Robots Critical to Endeavour's Mission on Space Station
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Nasa: Robots Critical to Endeavour's Mission on Space Station

The U.S. space shuttle's current mission, one of the most technical ever attempted by NASA, would not be possible without the use of robotics, says Holly Ridings...

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Dumb Ways To Make Computers Smarter

Cornell University researchers have developed a technique that will make it easier for computers to find written articles that are related to one another based...

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Computing Research That Changed the World

The Computing Community Consortium held a day-long symposium at the Library of Congress in late March titled "Computing Research That Changed the World: Reflections...

The Future of Robots Is Rat-Shaped
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The Future of Robots Is Rat-Shaped

Some roboticists believe that artificial intelligence researchers are following the wrong path by trying to replicate human intelligence, and a better approach...

Opening Doors on the Way to a Personal Robot
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Opening Doors on the Way to a Personal Robot

The ability to open doors is a significant step forward for robotics and an important milestone toward a personal robot industry. Such a milestone has been reached...

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Visual System Detects Movement, Colors and Textures

A University of Granada research team has evaluated the accuracy of several models that estimate movement, and combined the responses of four movement detection...

Predictive Powers: A Robot That Reads Your Intention?
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Predictive Powers: A Robot That Reads Your Intention?

European researchers in robotics, psychology and cognitive sciences have developed a robot that can predict the intentions of its human partner. This ability to...

Endless Original, Copyright-Free Music
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Endless Original, Copyright-Free Music

University of Granada (UGR) researchers have developed Inmamusys, software that is capable of creating original music in response to emotions felt by the listener...

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Teaching Computers to Recognize

European researchers working on the Cognitive-Level Annotation Using Latent Statistical Structure (CLASS) project are developing visualization technologies capable...

In Search of a Do-It-Yourself Wall-E
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In Search of a Do-It-Yourself Wall-E

There has been an explosion in hobbyist or do-it-yourself (DIY) robotics, with one recent example being a 16,000-member community attempting to individually create...

Robot Warriors Will Get a Guide to Ethics
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Robot Warriors Will Get a Guide to Ethics

Georgia Institute of Technology professor Ronald Arkin is developing what he calls "ethical governor" software and hardware that will tell military robots when...

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­U.S. Lags Globally in Robotics Development

The United States is trailing other countries in the development of sophisticated robots, according to a recently released report written by a group of 140 experts...

Bots vs. Smugglers: Drug Tunnel Smackdown
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Bots vs. Smugglers: Drug Tunnel Smackdown

New software developed at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is being used with semi-autonomous robots in the war against drug smuggling. The software can be...

Siggraph to Showcase Breakthroughs in Haptics, Robotics, and Gaming
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Siggraph to Showcase Breakthroughs in Haptics, Robotics, and Gaming

ACM SIGGRAPH 2009's Emerging Technologies will feature demonstrations and juried interactive installations from numerous fields, including alternative displays,...

iRobot Rolls Out One-Pound Machine, Ready to Swarm
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iRobot Rolls Out One-Pound Machine, Ready to Swarm

iRobot has built over 2,000 machines for the military. Most of 'em are 50 pounds plus, and more than three feet long. But, lately, the company has been working...

The Next Best Thing to You
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The Next Best Thing to You

Have you ever wished you could be in two places at once? Perhaps you've had the desire to create a copy of yourself that could stand in for you at a meeting, freeing...

Autonomous Helicopters
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Autonomous Helicopters

Researchers are improving unmanned helicopters' capabilities to address regulatory requirements and commercial uses.

Micromedicine to the Rescue
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Micromedicine to the Rescue

Medical researchers have long dreamed of "magic bullets" that go directly where they are needed. Now micromedicine and nanotechnology are making a range of molecules...

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Intel Launches Visual Computing Institute

Intel and Germany's University of Saarland have launched Intel VCI, a new visual computing institute that will focus on software architectures and algorithms for...

Italy Aims to Send Spider-Bot Swarm to Moon
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Italy Aims to Send Spider-Bot Swarm to Moon

Nearly 40 years after Americans first set foot on the moon, a host of private rocketeers are hoping to follow to win a $30 million prize. Team Italia, one of 17...
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