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West Robonet Boffins Reach for the Stars
09/22/04 — It sounds like something the West’s 2001 - Space Odyssey author Arthur C Clarke may have dreamt up. But yesterday British scientists, including experts in the West, were celebrating a world first that could revolutionise the future of astronomy. They have begun a project to operate a global network of…

Researchers Develop a Novel Gearing Mechanism for Robotic Use
09/22/04 — A new robotic gearing mechanism will allow a new, small, automated manipulator for surgical application to be developed.According to a study from Germany, “Applications in robot-aided surgery are currently based on modifications of manipulators used in industrial manufacturing processes.” “In this paper we describe novel rotatory kinematics for a manipulator,…

Thailand Tevelops Antarctic Robot Diver
09/22/04 — Scientists at the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) have invented a underwater robot explorer for the Antarctic region, capable of diving to the depth of up to 50 meters, the Thai News Agency reported Monday. The announcement, made by NSTDA Director Dr. Itthi Ruthaporn on Sunday, comes as…

Robotics in Chain Pharmacy
09/19/04 — Q. How can chain pharmacies benefit most from robotic dispensing? A. Chains, as well as all of today’s community pharmacy models, need pharmacists to focus on patients--not on product handling and pill counting. To compete for customers, chain managers know they must protect and enhance the reputations of their pharmacists…

Robot Beetle Detects Killers Beneath the Soil
09/12/04 — Lying on a patch of rocky earth, in Chiba, just north of Tokyo, is a large machine about the size of a dinner table; it could be a small tank if it wasn’t for the six legs aligned, insect-like along two sides of its rectangular body. Slowly, the machine rises…

Roving about the Red Planet
09/12/04 — Hours are brutal and decor is dreary on the fourth and fifth floors of a midrise federal building in Pasadena, Calif. But don’t look here for workplace burnout. The mood is beyond giddy, for this is headquarters of the Mars Exploration Rover Mission at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory hard against…

Robot Made for Out-Of-This-World Harvest
09/09/04 — Ohio has produced the first Americans to fly, orbit the Earth and walk on the moon. Now, it has given the world the first outer space, uh, tomato picker. OK, so there are no tomatoes growing on the space shuttle or at the International Space Station. Yet, someday, astronauts will…

Roving about the Red Planet
09/08/04 — Hours are brutal and decor is dreary on the fourth and fifth floors of a midrise federal building in Pasadena, Calif. But don’t look here for workplace burnout. The mood is beyond giddy, for this is headquarters of the Mars Exploration Rover Mission at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory hard against…

Hubble May Get Helping Robot Hand
09/07/04 — A long association with NASA’s space shuttle and international space station programs has placed a Canadian company in the right place at the right time to tackle a robotic overhaul of the Hubble Space Telescope. With new batteries, gyroscopes and a pair of new science instruments, astronomers hope to extend…




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