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A reconfigurable miniature robot

The robotic equivalent of a Swiss army knife
December 4, 2012

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MIT scientists have designed a little device called a “milli-motein” (millimeter-sized components and a motorized design inspired by proteins, which naturally fold themselves into incredibly complex shapes) that may be a harbinger of future devices that could fold themselves up into almost any shape imaginable.

The device was conceived by Neil Gershenfeld, head of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms, visiting scientist Ara… read more

A record quantum entanglement: 103 dimensions

More quantum dimensions easier to achieve than more qubits, researchers find
March 31, 2014

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An international team of researchers has created an entanglement of 103 dimensions with only two photons, beating the previous record of 11 dimensions.

The discovery could represent an advance toward toward better encryption of information and quantum computers with much higher processing speeds, according to a statement by the researchers.

Until now, to increase the “computing” capacity of these particle systems, scientists have mainly turned to increasing the number… read more

A Renowned Geneticist Analyzes Consumer Tests

June 16, 2009

Francis Collins, the former head of the National Human Genome Research Institute, has had his genome analyzed by the big three of direct-to-consumer genetic testing: 23andMe, Navigenics, and DecodeMe.

He found significant differences in the numbers of genetic variations used to calculate disease risk, as well as the final risk score.

A research agenda for potential ecological risks of synthetic biology

May 30, 2014

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Environmental scientists and synthetic biologists have developed the first list of key research areas to study the potential ecological impacts of synthetic biology, which could create organisms that transcend common evolutionary pathways.

The Synthetic Biology Project at the Wilson Center and the Program on Emerging Technologies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology convened the interdisciplinary group of scientists released the report, Creating aread more

A Review of the Best Robots of 2008

January 12, 2009

Keith Kleiner’s selections of the best robots and robot videos of 2008 include Robotic Soccer, the ultracute NAO robot, and the award-winning I-Sobot, the smallest bipedal robot.

A Review Of The Best Robots of 2009

December 23, 2009

In 2009, robots continued their advances in industrial/manufacturing, humanoid, and other areas.

A roadmap for metabolic reprogramming of aging

December 4, 2012

Electron microscope image of a mitochondrion

To survey previously uncharted territory, a team of researchers at UW-Madison has created an “atlas” that maps more than 1,500 unique landmarks within mitochondria that could provide clues to the metabolic connections between caloric restriction and aging.

The map, as well as the techniques used to create it, could lead to a better understanding of how cell metabolism is rewired in some cancers, age-related diseases… read more

A Robomedic for the Battlefield

February 3, 2009

A snakelike robotic arm developed by Carnegie Mellon University scientists may one day medically attend to soldiers as they are carried off the battlefield.

A robot as cheap, easy-to-use, and safe as an iPhone

August 26, 2012

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Rethink Robotics’ goal is that its [forthcoming] cheap, easy-to-use, safe robot will be to industrial robots what the personal computer was to the mainframe computer, or the iPhone was to the traditional phone, says The New York Times writer Thomas L. Friedman.

“That is, it will bring robots to the small business and even home and enable people to write apps for them the way they do with PCs… read more

A robot bomb tester

November 11, 2012

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In 2006, a plot by terrorists to blow up as many as 10 passenger planes in mid-air using peroxide-based liquid explosives was foiled by British authorities.

That led to the infamous TSA “no liquids or gels” flight restriction. But it also led to creation of the National Explosives Engineering Sciences Security (NEXESS) Center at Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, funded by the Department of Homeland… read more

A robot dog with an iPhone face

March 29, 2012

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Bandai — the Japanese company that brought us the Tamagotchi — has announced Smartpet, a robotic dog that uses an iPhone for a face, Technology Review Hello World reports..

Using a free app (due out March 31) and the iPhone Facetime camera, you can make movements to tell the robo-pup to do various tricks. Smartpet can also recognize voice commands, serve as an alarm clock and hands-free phone, and it… read more

A robot in your future

May 14, 2001

A wireless videoconferencing robot on wheels that allows telecommuters to hold real-time video chats with people in their office?

That’s what Sprint is planning with its Digitally Enhanced Network Appliance Project.

A Robot Network Seeks to Enlist Your Computer

October 21, 2008

Automated botnets control millions of PCs, infecting them in about five minutes and using them to spread infections and snoop on financial information, according to Microsoft’s Internet Safety Enforcement Team, a group of about 20 researchers and investigators.

A robot takes stock

Image-processing and machine-learning algorithms could help stores manage inventory
July 4, 2012

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The Andyvision robot scans the shelves in the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) campus store to generate a real-time interactive map of the store, which customers can browse via an in-store screen.

At the same time, the robot performs a detailed inventory check, identifying each item on the shelves, and alerting employees if stock is low or if an item has been misplaced.

While making its rounds, the robot uses… read more

A Robot that Navigates Like a Person

June 30, 2009

European researchers have developed a robot capable of moving autonomously by algorithms designed to mimic different parts of the human visual system, with two cameras that serve as “eyes” in a movable “head.”

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