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August 04, 2015
Tiny mechanical wrist gives new dexterity to needlescopic surgery
Nashville TN (SPX) Jul 28, 2015
With the flick of a tiny mechanical wrist, a team of engineers and doctors at Vanderbilt University's Medical Engineering and Discovery Laboratory hope to give needlescopic surgery a whole new degree of dexterity. Needlescopic surgery, which uses surgical instruments shrunk to the diameter of a sewing needle, is the ultimate form of minimally invasive surgery. The needle-sized incisions it requires are so small that they can be sealed with surgical tape and usually heal without leaving a scar. ... read more
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The growing fear of killer robot armies
Years of artificial intelligence (AI) gone wrong prompted more than a thousand scholars and public figures - including theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, SpaceX founder Elon Musk and Apple co-fo ... more

Could 'Windbots' Someday Explore the Skies of Jupiter?
Among designers of robotic probes to explore the planets, there is certainly no shortage of clever ideas. There are concepts for robots that are propelled by waves in the sea. There are ideas for tu ... more

Boxfish shell inspires new materials for body armor and flexible electronics
The boxfish's unique armor draws its strength from hexagon-shaped scales and the connections between them, engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have found. They describe their findi ... more
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No sci-fi joke: 'killer robots' strike fear into tech leaders
It sounds like a science-fiction nightmare. But "killer robots" have the likes of British scientist Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak fretting, and warning they could fuel ethnic cleansing and an arms race. ... more


Robotic insect mimics Nature's extreme moves
The concept of walking on water might sound supernatural, but in fact it is a quite natural phenomenon. Many small living creatures leverage water's surface tension to maneuver themselves around. On ... more
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Bio-inspired robots jump on water
By studying how water striders jump on water, Je-Sung Koh and colleagues have created a robot that can successfully launch itself from the surface of water. As the team watched the water strid ... more

Object recognition for robots
John Leonard's group in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering specializes in SLAM, or simultaneous localization and mapping, the technique whereby mobile autonomous robots map their environme ... more
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Communications satellite system ready for military use

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The Iran nuclear deal and the 'what next' question


Software program recognises sketches more accurately than a human
Known as Sketch-a-Net, the program is capable of correctly identifying the subject of sketches 74.9 per cent of the time compared to humans that only managed a success rate of 73.1 per cent. As sket ... more

Scientist develops model for robots with bacteria-controlled brains
Forget the Vulcan mind-meld of the Star Trek generation - as far as mind control techniques go, bacteria is the next frontier. In a paper published in Scientific Reports, which is part of the Natur ... more

Opportunity heading into Marathon Valley
Opportunity is on the west rim of Endeavour Crater heading into 'Marathon Valley.' On Sol 4072 (July 8, 2015), the rover collected some targeted 13-filter Panoramic Camera (Pancam) images and some N ... more
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Cost of USAF decoy systems reduced
A carbon-fiber airframe for U.S. Air Force miniature decoy systems has been developed using robotic and formula racing technologies, Raytheon reports. ... more

US team beats Iranians in Robocup football final
A team of American humanoid robots defeated foes from Iran on Wednesday in the final of an annual football tournament for intelligent sporting machines held in China. ... more
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Hitchhiking robot begins journey across U.S.
Canada's first hitchhiking robot began its journey across the U.S. Friday and has already landed its first ride. ... more

NASA Sets Sights on Robot-Built Moon Colony
It may not be quite Earth-like enough to be habitable, but the Moon is our closest planetary body, and that proximity would make it ideal for an extraplanetary base of operations. NASA is now seriou ... more

Robot lab Philae 'silent', says concerned ground control
Europe's robot lab Philae has fallen "silent" on the surface of a comet zipping towards the Sun, said ground controllers Monday who fear it may have shifted out of radio contact. ... more

Pinterest CEO sees site's future in its 'catalog of ideas'
Pinterest is not a social network but a "catalog of ideas" to help people discover and try new things in their lives, founder and chief executive Ben Silbermann says. ... more

Robots under test for oil and gas rig duty
A robot building on ESA's ExoMars rover is bidding to win a place on oil and gas production rigs around the world, to work in remote and hazardous environments. This robot, developed by a team led b ... more
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Hopping towards a better soft robot
Traditional industrial robots are rigid - mostly metal - and are fast, precise and powerful. Their speed and precision comes at the cost of complexity and can often pose a danger to humans who get t ... more

3-D-printed robot is hard at heart, soft on the outside
Engineers at Harvard University and the University of California, San Diego, have created the first robot with a 3D-printed body that transitions from a rigid core to a soft exterior. The robot is c ... more
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