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Mosquitoes and Raindrops Could Change the Future of Robotics
06/06/12 — Dr. David Hu, professor of mechanical engineering and biology at Georgia Institute of Technology, says mosquitoes could provide clues to building flying robots of the future. In a new study, Dr. Hu and his team of researchers studied how mosquitoes survive the impact of raindrops that are more than 50…

‘Father of Java’ Embraces Robotics and Ocean Science
06/01/12 — Tyler Hamilton for thestar.com —Calgary-born computer whiz James Gosling is known in the technology world as the “father of Java,” the write once, run anywhere programming language used on billions of mobile phones and Internet servers. But having spent the past two decades of his life producing Java applications for…

Robots: Robopocalypse
05/16/12 — Daniel Wilson is a roboticist turned novelist. His PhD in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University set him on a path to success, with inside knowledge about robot capabilities leading him to write his first book in 2005 about How to Survive a Robot Uprising. In this interview he gives us…

Europe’s Largest Robotics Laboratory Opens in UK
05/10/12 — The Bristol Robotics Lab is a partnership between UWE Bristol (University of the West of England) and the University of Bristol. It is home to 70 academics and businesses who are leading current thinking in 'nouvelle' and service robotics, intelligent autonomous systems and bio-engineering. Over $2.5 million has been spent…

Flying Robot Capable of Landing and Perching on a Human Hand
05/07/12 — Experts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Aerospace Robotics and Control Laboratory (ARCL) announce the successful development of a flying robot capable of perching on a human hand at landing. This is made possible by sophisticated control algorithms, coupled with an innovative design of the airplane itself. The…

Robots to Mine Near-Earth Asteroids
04/23/12 — Pasadena, CA—New report describes the results of a study sponsored by the Keck Institute for SpaceStudies (KISS) to investigate the feasibility of identifying, robotically capturing, and returning an entire Near-Earth Asteroid (NEA) to the vicinity of the Earth by the middle of the next decade.  The KISS study was performed…

Turbo-jet Robot Hunts Typhoons
04/19/12 — National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan—An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) design team led by Wei-Hsiang Lai, professor of aeronautics and astronautics and director of advanced propulsion and power system research center at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) has innovated first turbo-jet robot aircraft named Sky Fortress-III anticipating to assist in typhoon…

Cyborg Cabaret Explores Human-Robot Relations
04/18/12 — Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburg—Humans and robots will share the stage of the North Side’s New Hazlett Theater at 8 p.m., Friday, April 27, for the Cyborg Cabaret, a variety show designed to make the audience laugh hard and think harder about how technology is changing society. The interdisciplinary show will feature…

Robotics Team to Compete at World Tourney in St. Louis
04/12/12 — A group of Powell High School students will go where no Powell Panthers have gone before: the world robotics competition in St. Louis. Out of 2,188 active robotics teams that competed this year, PHS is one of only 128 to qualify for the world championship. “We are certainly off to…

IEEE Spectrum: Developments to Watch For in 2012
04/06/12 — When the world’s pre-eminent electronic engineering magazine makes predictions about the near-term future of our industry, it’s worth paying attention. And that’s particularly true when the magazine’s predictions are based on comments from a panel of experts. Their forecasts included the continuation of some trends we’ve already seen, such as…

Polymer Researchers Develop New Technique for Shaping Thin Gel Sheets
03/15/12 —   Ryan Hayward, Christian Santangelo and colleagues describe their new method of halftone gel lithography for photo-patterning polymer gel sheets in the current issue of Science. They say the technique, among other applications, may someday help biomedical researchers to direct cells cultured in a laboratory to grow into the correct shape…

Researchers Fabricate Light-Modifying Nano Particles Using DNA
03/15/12 —   In the human body genetic information is encoded in double-stranded deoxyribonucleic acid building blocks, the so-called DNA. Using artificial DNA molecules, an international team of scientists headed by the Cluster of Excellence Nanosystems Initiative Munich (NIM) has produced nanostructured materials that can be used to modify visible light by…

New Femtosecond Laser Technique May Advance Metamaterials
03/09/12 —   Researchers in applied physics have cleared an important hurdle in the development of advanced materials, called metamaterials, that bend light in unusual ways. Working at a scale applicable to infrared light, the Harvard team has used extremely short and powerful laser pulses to create three-dimensional patterns of tiny silver…

Georgia Tech Pioneers New Ways of Teaching Service Robots
03/09/12 —   Simon the Robot, created in the lab of Andrea Thomaz (School of Interactive Computing), learns a new task from a participant in a study seeking to determine the best questions a robot learner can ask to facilitate smooth human-robot interaction. Within a decade, personal robots could become as common…

Australian Scientists Develop Atom-Sized Transistor
02/20/12 —   In a remarkable feat of engineering, University of New South Wales physicists have created a working transistor consisting of a single atom placed precisely in a silicon crystal. The tiny electronic device, described today in a paper published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, uses as its active component an individual…

Using New Mass-Production Technique, Robotic Insects Spring to Life
02/17/12 —   A new technique, inspired by elegant pop-up books and origami, will soon allow clones of robotic insects to be mass-produced by the sheet. Devised by engineers at Harvard, the ingenious layering and folding process enables the rapid fabrication of not just microrobots, but a broad range of electromechanical devices.…

Unraveling a Butterfly’s Aerial Antics Could Help Builders of Bug-Size Flying Robots
02/14/12 —   To improve the next generation of insect-size flying machines, Johns Hopkins engineers have been aiming high-speed video cameras at some of the prettiest bugs on the planet. By figuring out how butterflies flutter among flowers with amazing grace and agility, the researchers hope to help small airborne robots mimic…

Scientists Unveil Magnetic Storage Breakthrough
02/09/12 —   An international team of scientists has demonstrated a revolutionary new way of magnetic recording which will allow information to be processed hundreds of times faster than by current hard-drive technology. The researchers found they could record information using only heat – a previously unimaginable scenario. They believe this discovery will not…




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