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Robot Discovers Source of Water Leaks Inside Fukushima
06/05/14 — Bloomberg BusinesWeek is reporting that a robot inside Unit 1 of the Fukushima nuclear power plant has discovered the source of water leaks delaying decommissioning work. Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) says a robot designed by Hitachi-GE Nuclear energy "for the first time took clear pictures showing water drips from…

Russia Wants to Put Robots on the Moon: Report
05/30/14 — As if the ongoing conflicts over territory on at least three Earth continents weren’t enough, apparently it’s time for another international space race. For the moon. This time with robots. The Huffington Post says that Vladimir Putin’s Russia has come out with a three-stage plan which would start with robotic craft…

Crabster CR200 Robot Surveyed South Korea Ferry Wreck
05/22/14 — The Crabster CR200, a six-legged, crustacean-inspired robot that weighs more than half a ton and scuttles along the ocean floor, was deployed to assist the rescue operations near the site of the Sewol ferry disaster in South Korea. The Crabster, which began underwater testing in July 2013, can adapt its…

US Military Wants Battlefield Robots with Morals
05/15/14 — The debate over the morality of autonomous "killer robots" continues. Early in May 2014, critics were urging Canada to ban autonomous weapons and the United Nations (UN) in Geneva is currently meeting with the goal of reaching an international agreement on prohibiting killer robots.Now the US military is joining the…

UW Robot to Improve Disaster Relief Response
05/08/14 — Engineers at the University of Washington have developed telerobotics technology that will make disaster response faster and more efficient.The group is looking to develop robots that can interact more seamlessly with human operators. The technology lets a robot operator actually feel feedback in the form of pressure on his or…

Canada Urged to Lead Ban of Killer Robots
05/01/14 — Canada is being urged to lead a new international effort to ban so-called “killer robots” — the new generation of deadly high-tech equipment that can select and fire on targets without human help.   The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots is pushing for a new international treaty to ban such…

Texas Search Group Sues FAA Over Drone Use
04/24/14 — A Texas-based group involved in searches for missing persons around the nation filed a lawsuit on Monday asking a federal court to set aside an order that prohibits the nonprofit from employing drones in its work. Texas EquuSearch had been ordered in February to stop using unmanned aircraft systems, commonly…

Bluefin-21 Unmanned Sub Relaunches Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370
04/15/14 — The US Navy underwater robot Bluefin-21 has returned to the depths of the Indian Ocean in search of missing Malaysian airliner MH370 after aborting its first scouting mission. The multinational team of searchers launched the autonomous underwater vehicle Monday, nearly a week after pings believed to be transmitted by the…

New Porton Man Robot Soldier Tests Biological Warfare Suits
04/08/14 — A new robot mannequin that will help test the next generation of chemical and biological protective suits for the UK's armed forces has been unveiled. The Porton Man can walk, march, run, sit, kneel and even mimic the movement of a soldier sighting a weapon, allowing scientists to test the…

Military Drone Crashes Near Pa. Elementary School
04/04/14 — A military unmanned aerial vehicle crashed outside a Lebanon County school and a hotel this afternoon. Fort Indiantown Gap spokesman Maj. Ed Shank said the UAV was involved in training operations when it experienced an uncontrolled hard landing on Fischer Avenue in Union Township. The drone came down between Lickdale…

Inside the Military’s New Office for Cyborgs
04/03/14 — The ability to link human brains to machines, create new life forms and build Star Trek-style disease detectors will be the focus of a new Defense Department office soon. The new office, named the Biological Technology Office, or BTO, will serve as a clearinghouse for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or…

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Underwater Drone Joins Search for Wreckage
03/25/14 — A US undersea drone will join the international fleet of vessels and aircraft in efforts to locate the wreckage of the lost MH370 plane in the waters of the southern Indian Ocean. The sonar-equipped Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle can dive as deep as 4,500 metres and keep operating for up…

Navy Experimenting with Robot Firefighters
03/24/14 — A former United States naval vessel will be set on fire this August, and the Navy will send robots to put out the blaze. The Navy is testing robots that will put out fires instead of having sailors do the job. The humanoids may be tasked with dousing fires aboard…

John Deere Observing 10-year Anniversary of R-Gator Autonomous Vehicle
03/19/14 — If you’re a gamer and have ever played popular video games with a war theme such as “Halo” or “America’s Army,” then you’re already partially trained to operate the R-Gator, John Deere’s autonomous utility vehicle used in the U.S. military. This year marks the 10th anniversary of this cyber war…

Russia Plans to Deploy Mobile Security Robots
03/13/14 — Russia is planning to deploy mobile security robots in 2014 to protect its strategic missile facilities, the nation's Defense Ministry said Wednesday. “In March, the Russian Strategic Missile Forces (RVSN) began testing mobile robotic systems being developed to protect key RVSN installations,” according to spokesman Major Dmitry Andreyev. Andreyev said…

Military Budget Adds More Drones for 2015
03/05/14 — While the military prepares for another year of belt tightening, some key drone programs will get more funding support in 2015. According to a budget released by the Pentagon today, the military has increased acquisitions budgets for half of its drone programs as compared to 2014, while research and development budgets have…

Knightscope K5 Robot Patrols Silicon Valley
02/26/14 — The Knightscope K5 robot’s 5-foot-tall bullet-shaped frame is impressive. Studded with cameras and sensors and colored Stormtrooper black and white, it really is imposing. But that’s the point: It’s a robot cop, and it doesn’t want you to forget it. At the Launch Festival in San Francisco, CEO William Santana…

iRobot PackBots to Protect 2014 World Cup
02/21/14 — This year’s World Cup has thirty new employees that will be tasked with protecting and monitoring 12 cities during the games. They’re PackBots from iRobot, and they will be rolling around keeping everyone safe very soon. PackBots are one of the most versatile designs from iRobot for searching an urban…




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