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Hull-clinging robots could perform secret searches of smugglers' boats

Maritime smugglers will often hide contraband in false hulls or propeller shafts within their boats. While there are ways in which port authorities can search for such stashes, the smugglers ...

Fri 26 Sep 14 from Gizmag

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Michigan Tech developing robot teams to restore power at disaster sites

Thanks to mobile phone technology, getting caught in a disaster means that help is only a call away – unless the disaster knocks out the electricity to the cell towers. To help bring the phones ...

14 hours ago from Gizmag

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Robotic swimmer with supple silicone web mimics octopus

Highlighting this month's news of developments in marine robotics: Researchers from the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas in Greece have worked out a way to mimic the movements ...

Wed 24 Sep 14 from

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A Swarm of Tiny Bots Could Inspect the Hidden Underbellies of Bridges

America's bridges are not—we're sorry to report—doing so great. Of the over 600,000 bridges in the U.S., more than half are over 30 years old, and 11 percent are structurally deficient. That ...

Thu 25 Sep 14 from Gizmodo

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Walking Really Is Just Falling and Catching Yourself

The flailing of a gymnast who's missed a step on the balance beam might not be far off from what the rest of us experience every day. Each step we take is really a tiny fall, a mathematical ...

Fri 26 Sep 14 from Discover Magazine

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Robotic fabric could bring 'active clothing,' wearable robots

( —Researchers are developing a robotic fabric that moves and contracts and is embedded with sensors, an approach that could bring "active clothing" and a new class of "soft" robots.

Wed 24 Sep 14 from

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Robot lab's snake, copter combo rethinks search and rescue (w/ Video)

Think of search-and-rescue robots and what comes to mind are the little machines that muscle over rough terrain with brute force, said Science News, and they may run into difficulties in trying ...

Thu 25 Sep 14 from

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New RFID technology helps robots find household objects

Mobile robots could be much more useful in homes, if they could locate people, places and objects. Today's robots usually see the world with cameras and lasers, which have difficulty reliably ...

Mon 22 Sep 14 from

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Soft robotics "toolkit" features everything a robot-maker needs

Harvard University labs, working in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin, are offering a comprehensive online toolkit to help in the design, creation, and control of soft robots made from ...

Wed 24 Sep 14 from Gizmag

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Robot works controls of simulated cockpit: Introducing PIBOT

How close are we to a day when robots will fly airplanes? A presentation of a takeoff and landing simulation at the IROS (International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems) in Chicago ...

Sun 21 Sep 14 from

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