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Robots with rhythm could rock your world

March 23, 2007

A robot blob that dances “soulfully” to different tunes could pave the way for machines that interact more naturally with human beings.

It pick out the beat in a piece of music and move along in time. It can also track the rhythmic motion of a person or another object and move in time to that.

Psychologists have shown that people are more engaging when they synchronise their… read more

Robots with sensitive arms for delicate assistive tasks

May 9, 2013

With the new control method, Kemp’s robots have performed numerous tasks, such as reaching through dense artificial foliage and a cinder block representative of environments that search-and-rescue robots can encounter.

For safety reasons, robot makers have avoided contact between the robot’s arm and the world.

Now Georgia Tech and Meka Robotics researchers have developed a control method that enables a robot’s arm to make contact with objects, people, and the rest of the robot while keeping forces low.

The method  works with compliant robotic joints and whole-arm tactile sensing, and keeps the robot’s arm flexible,… read more

Robots with skin enter our touchy-feely world

April 21, 2010

For humanoid robots, a fleshy covering could be essential to making them socially acceptable, and a touch-sensitive coating could prevent such machines from accidentally injuring people.

Robot skin designs are in the works.

Robots Wrote This

August 30, 2006

Perhaps the week’s biggest and scariest robot news — certainly for journalists — was the robot reporters story.

Robots, Terrorists, and Morals

November 13, 2002

When the car carrying six Islamic terrorists was blown up recently by a Hellfire-C missle fired from a Predator RQ-1A UAV, it raised ethical questions about robots remotely controlled by humans. But what sort of reaction will we see the first time a fully autonomous robot like the X-45 UCAV engages the enemy?

“Al-Qaeda’s zealots never thought they would be fighting American robots — and losing.”

Robots: It’s an Art Thing

November 13, 2001

Thanks to genetics, the Internet and art, the line between robots and humans continues to shrink. Ken Goldberg, an associate professor of robotics at the University of California at Berkeley, is currently working on the Tele-Actor, a human being wired with Webcams and connected to the Internet so that other people can control where the actor moves.

Robots: Today, Roomba. Tomorrow…

May 11, 2004

Roomba is a first step, but there are many tasks within the home that are ripe for robotic automation, says iRobot CEO Colin Angle.

RobotVision: A Bing-Powered iPhone Augmented Reality Browser

August 31, 2009

Bing listings will appear on top of your iPhone’s camera viewer when you point at a restaurant or business, with the forthcoming iPhone RobotVision app (it will also display a view of Tweets and Flickr photos published nearby wherever you are).

Robust ‘spider silk’ matrix guides cardiac tissue regeneration

April 13, 2015

Heart tissue cells matrix ft

Genetically engineered fibers of the protein spidroin — the construction material for spider webs — are a ideal matrix (substrate or frame) for cultivating heart tissue cells, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) researchers have found, as noted in an open-access article in the journal PLOS ONE.

Regenerative methods can solve the problem of transplant rejection, but it’s a challenge to find a… read more

Rock Robots

December 31, 2010

Expressive Machines Musical Instruments, a group of University of Virginia PhD students and composers, has developed MARIE, a project to put robotic music in a form that you can easily take on the road.

Their previous project, Poly-tangent, Automatic (multi-) Monochord, is capable of creating raucous musical performances like the one below.

‘Rock-Breathing’ Bacteria Could Generate Electricity and Clean Up Oil Spills

December 15, 2009

Anaerobic bacteria from animal or human waste that survive by “iron respiration” could allow for development of new microbe-based technologies such as “bio-battery” fuel cells and agents to clean up toxic organic pollutants such as oil or uranium, scientists at the University of East Anglia have discovered.

These bacteria can construct tiny biological wires that extend through the cell walls and allow the organism to directly contact, and conduct… read more

Rocket explosion creates dangerous space junk

February 26, 2007

A Russian rocket body exploded accidentally on Feb. 19, littering the skies with more than 1000 additional pieces of space junk.

The elliptical orbit could prolong the time the debris stays in space and the debris could cross the orbits of many existing satellites.

Rocket fuel boosts speed of transistors

March 18, 2004

The rocket fuel hydrazine has turned out to be ideal in helping to make faster thin-film transistors, a crucial component of liquid crystal displays.

The key was the discovery that the semiconductor tin disulphide, which is insoluble in most liquids, can be dissolved in hydrazine if sulphur is added to the mix. By applying the solution to a silicon substrate and spinning it they were able to create a… read more

Rocket powered by nuclear fusion could send humans to Mars

April 8, 2013

University of Washington researchers and scientists are building components of a fusion-powered rocket aimed to clear many of the hurdles that block deep space travel, including long times in transit, exorbitant costs, and health risks.

“Using existing rocket fuels, it’s nearly impossible for humans to explore much beyond Earth,” said lead researcher John Slough, a UW research associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics.

“We are hoping… read more

Rocket-powered racing plane takes flight

July 30, 2008

The Rocket Racing League’s first racing plane took to the skies on Tuesday.

Billed as a NASCAR for the skies, the league hopes to pit rocket-powered planes against each other on a 3D track.

Rocket Racing League – Teaser

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