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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...

Computers Do Better Than Humans at Measuring Some Radiology Images
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Computers Do Better Than Humans at Measuring Some Radiology Images

Ohio State University researchers have developed software that can analyze images of knee ligaments much faster and just as reliably as humans. 

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Estonians Put Roboswarm Technology to the Test

A swarm robot demonstrator has been successfully tested by a European collaboration that brought together nine research and industry partners from seven countries...

Willow Garage to Give Away Personal Robots
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Willow Garage to Give Away Personal Robots

Willow Garage unveiled its PR2 Beta robot last week, and announced to research institutions around the world that they can apply to have one at no cost.

Organized Chaos Gets Robots Going
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Organized Chaos Gets Robots Going

Gottingen scientists have created a walking robot that can switch between multiple gaits depending on the surrounding environment. The robot uses a single central...

Korean Robot Maid Upgraded to do Laundry, Use Microwave
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Korean Robot Maid Upgraded to do Laundry, Use Microwave

The prospect of a future that includes robot maids took an incremental step forward to reality. Korean scientists have created a domestic robot that cleans, dumps...

Robots For Surgery, Farming and Valet Parking
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Robots For Surgery, Farming and Valet Parking

Korean Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE) officials recently announced the development of robots conceptually similar to the avatar humanoids seen in the movie...

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Computer Vision System Analyzes Human Behavior

European researchers, coordinated by the Autonomous University of Barcelona, have developed a cognitive computational system that uses video cameras and computer...
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