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Robotics Testing Center Opens at UMass Lowell
02/27/13 — The New England Robotics Validation and Experimentation or NERVE Center was awarded $135,000 from the President’s Science and Technology Initiatives Fund and put the investment to good use.   NERVE Center is the only robotics test site in the Northeast and one of only three in the nation.  Boston Herald:…

Oxford University Perfects its Driverless Car
02/20/13 — For years, researchers around the world have toiled to turn driverless cars from science-fiction to reality. Now a team of Oxford University scientists has created a robotic car, controlled by nothing more than an iPad. Acting just like a plane on auto-pilot, it is designed to take over from humans…

Robot Designed to Force Rats into Depression
02/14/13 — Rats and mice are often instrumental in testing new drug treatments before they reach the clinical use phase. To create the appropriate conditions to test a drug for depression, though, researchers need to induce a model of depression in the test subject. In order to create a workable model of…

U.S. Navy Wants Robots that Respond to Pheromones
02/07/13 — Aircraft carrier crews are likely to get rather pungent as they perform the hard tasks of assembling, loading and hauling the massive weaponry that gives the U.S. Navy its edge. To make their lives easier, the Navy’s exploring the idea of developing a “robotic semiautonomous swarm on a ship” that…

Scientists Favor Robots for Monitoring Whale Sounds
01/30/13 — Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is the world’s largest private, not-for-profit oceanographic research institution.  Its mission statement says that it is dedicated to research and education to advance understanding of the ocean and its interaction with the Earth system, and to communicating this understanding for the benefit of society. WHOI…

Hi-Tech Library Employs Book Retrieving Robot
01/24/13 — We all have memories of our favorite librarian. Perhaps it was an older woman or gentleman who helped us with a big research project in high school or college. Or maybe we remember the young, fun librarians who nurtured our reading habits as little kids, recommending picture books and leading…

Next Step in Robotic Satellite Servicing to Take Place Aboard International Space Station
01/16/13 — In mid-January, NASA will take the next step in advancing robotic satellite-servicing technologies as it tests the Robotic Refueling Mission, or RRM aboard the International Space Station. The investigation may one day substantially impact the many satellites that deliver products Americans rely upon daily, such as weather reports, cell phones…

Texas Instruments Employee Creates Innovative Robot Tester While Still an Intern
01/10/13 — Robotic testing machines that can mimic interactions such as finger swipes, taps and pinches – and are essential to developing touch screen controller chips – can cost $80,000. Or more. But TIer Gautham Ramachandran has designed an innovative tester robot that costs less than $1,000. The most impressive detail? It…

Robots Taught Deceptive Behavior for Battlefield Applications
01/03/13 — Deception is by no means unique to humans: animals are masters at deceiving other animals (and us), and Ron Arkin's group at Georgia Tech has been teaching robots to learn deception from a pro: the squirrel.   Deception can be a difficult thing for robots, because it's dependent on understanding…

Gaze Concurrence Research Has Implications for Robotics
12/26/12 — What is everyone looking at? It's a common question in social settings because the answer identifies something of interest, or helps delineate social groupings. Those insights someday will be essential for robots designed to interact with humans, so researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute have developed a method for…

Robotic Droplets form ‘Liquid that can Think’
12/19/12 — University of Colorado Boulder Assistant Professor Nikolaus Correll likes to think in multiples. If one robot can accomplish a singular task, think how much more could be accomplished if you had hundreds of them. Correll and his computer science research team, including research associate Dustin Reishus and professional research assistant…

Horticulture Specialists and Robotics Engineers Team Up to Automate Australian Agriculture
12/13/12 — Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems Salah Sukkarieh at the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies leads a team that is developing robotic devices with the ability to autonomously sense, analyse and respond to their own surroundings. With the Asia-Pacific region's lack of arable land, water, and infrastructure countries in…

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…




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