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Voyager 1 Discovers Magnetic Highway
12/05/12 — A strange new phenomenon has been discovered by the Voyager 1 space probe as it comes ever closer to crossing the heliopause, the unexplored outer boundary of our little system of planets. On August 25, sensors on the probe detected a sharp decline in the low-energy particles from solar wind,…

New Artificial Muscle Could Replace Traditional Motors in Robots
11/28/12 — New artificial muscles made from nanotech yarns and infused with paraffin wax can lift more than 100,000 times their own weight and generate 85 times more mechanical power than the same size natural muscle, according to scientists at The University of Texas at Dallas and their international team from Australia,…

Honda Researchers Advance Robot Audition with HEARBO
11/21/12 — Research seeking to improve the features and functions of robots has made impressive gains with prototypes of robots that can help out in settings that range from assistive living, to hospital care, to inventory-taking retail stores. One area of robot technology receiving special attention at Honda is "robot audition." How…

Robot Skin Paves the Way for Healable Devices
11/14/12 — U.S. researchers, led by Zhenan Bao of Stanford University in California, have created a flexible, touch-sensitive, electrically conducting and pressure-sensitive polymer-based material that could have ‘e-skin’ applications for robots or prosthetic body parts, such as artificial hands. The polymer matrix consists of a network of randomly branched oligomers that contain…

UMARS Drone Built for Boundary Layer Research
11/08/12 — UMARS – Unmanned Modular Airborne Research System, is a “research platform for near-ground atmospheric research,” according to its developers, IMES (Institut für Mechanische Systeme) and the ZAV ( Centre for Aviation and Transport Systems) in Switzerland. A sketch of UMARS without the Z-Probe in its nose, showing its clean aerodynamic design…

Italian Robotic Surgery System Requires a Single Incision
10/31/12 — A team of scientists in Italy have been working on a unique robotic surgery system. They hope that one day robots could take over the work of surgeons in operation theatres. Gianluigi Petroni is one of the biomedical engineers at the SSSA Biorobotics Institute, he describes one of the procedures…

Micro-Robot Research Advances as “Cyberplasm” Gains Sight and Smell
10/19/12 — It has become routine for engineers to draw inspiration from the animal kingdom when designing mobile robots. There are now machines that run like cheetahs, fly like hummingbirds, and swim like zebrafish. So it’s not surprising that when a team of British and American scientists joined forces to build a robot that wriggles…

Atlantis I Robots Measure Toxins in Gowanus Canal
10/15/12 — No one knows what lurks in the toxic depths of the Gowanus Canal, but with the advent of a fleet of remotely controlled rovers that will roam its dank waters for the next few years, the canal’s secrets may finally be stripped bare. That is the hope, at any rate, of…

Clearpath Robotics Spends $100,000 on Worthy Research Teams
10/09/12 — Clearpath Robotics aims to progress robotics development by providing universities with robust platforms for prototyping and research. To give robotics research an extra boost, Clearpath Robotics introduced the PartnerBot Grant Program this summer. The PartnerBot Grant Program is a one-year commitment during which a prestigious research team will use the Clearpath…

Researchers Recreate Honeybee Brain for Robot Sensing
10/02/12 — A team from the universities of Sheffield and Sussex want to create the first robot that can sense and act autonomously like a bee, rather than following a set of pre-programmed instructions, which could lead to devices that carry out the mechanical pollination of crops or even assist in search-and-rescue…

UC Davis Conducts Research into The Effects of Robotics in the Classroom
09/26/12 — Two new grants awarded to UC Davis by the National Science Foundation will study the affect of robotics in teaching science, technology, engineering and math from elementary to high school. Both projects are led by Harry Cheng, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of the UC Davis K-14…

The World’s First Flying, Crash Proof Robot
09/20/12 — Scientists at the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems in Lausanne, Switzerland, have been hard at work inventing the world’s first flying robot that can crash, pick itself up, and fly off again. Adam Klaptocz, a doctoral student working on the project, says that the inspiration for their designs came from nature. They looked…

Meet Social Roboticist Heather Knight and Data at CMU’s Robot Hall of Fame
09/12/12 — As a social roboticist, Heather Knight specializes in the human-robot interface. She wants to help robots communicate like people do, and help people visualize a future that includes robots they can interact with without knowing programming language.   Knight made her debut at a 2010 TED Talk, accompanied by her endearing…

The Synthetic Tissue that Could be Used to Create Tiny Robots
09/05/12 — They beat like real heart cells, but the rat cardiomyocytes in a dish at Harvard University are different in one crucial way. Snaking through them are wires and transistors that spy on each cell's electrical impulses. In future, the wires might control their behaviour too. Versions of this souped-up, "cyborg"…

Southwest Research Institute Launches ROS-Industrial Consortium
09/05/12 — Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) is launching a cooperative research consortium to accelerate the development of ROS-Industrial, an open-source extension of ROS focused on the needs of industrial users. SwRI established the ROS-Industrial Software Repository, BSD-licensed resources that can be found at code.rosindustrial.org, in January of this year. ROS, which stands…

California Institute of Technology Tests Algorithms for Drone Swarming
08/29/12 — Robot MAV helicopters programmed for formation flying autonomously reconfigure their formation when members leave or enter the group. Soon-Jo Chung, an assistant professor in aerospace engineerng (AE), and his students show how it’s done in a new video. The helicopter testbed has been used to demonstrate the effectiveness of algorithms…

UT Arlington Research Institute to Produce $100M Annually in Research Expenditures
08/22/12 — The University of Texas at Arlington has a new name and a bold new mission for its former robotics institute in Fort Worth: The UT Arlington Research Institute aims to become a global leader in the research and development of advanced technology to help humanity and to provide unique, affordable…

Virtual Lie Detector Positioned on the U.S. Border
08/15/12 — The University of Arizona has developed virtual lie-detecting technology in collaboration with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that mimics interaction with a real patrol officer. The AI technology could be considered an initial step towards a mobile, humanoid robot with the same capabilities. The program monitors vocal and visual cues in…




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