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Robots on the Run! 5 Bots That Can Really Move
DARPA's Atlas Robot
August 31st, 2015
Boston Dynamics' sure-footed humanoid bot is one of many supermobile machines that are cool and capable.
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Giant 'Battle Bot' Could Get Makeover Ahead of Epic Duel
megabots, mark II, mk. II
August 19th, 2015
Finally, there's a crowdfunding campaign for people who want to watch giant robots fight to the death.
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Bug Bots! These Insect-Inspired Robots Can Jump on Water
Water Strider-Inspired Robot
August 3rd, 2015
Swarms of robots inspired by water-hopping insects could one day be used for surveillance, search-and-rescue missions and environmental monitoring, researchers say.
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Pointing the Way: 3D Computer Cursors Could Navigate Virtual Worlds
3D Computer Cursor
August 27th, 2015
Forget everything you thought you knew about computer cursors. Researchers have come up with a way to turn cursors into a tool that can navigate around 3D space.
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New Temperature Record Is Huge Achievement for Superconducting
Power Grid
August 17th, 2015
A new record-high temperature has been achieved for superconductors — extraordinary materials that conduct electricity without dissipating energy.
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Lexus' New Hoverboard Is Cool, But Will It Fly?
Lexus Hoverboard
July 31st, 2015
Last month, Japanese auto manufacturer Lexus unveiled its newest product, and it's not another luxury SUV. It's a hoverboard.
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No Humans Allowed! Test 'City' for Driverless Cars Opens
Mcity street view.
July 20th, 2015
Imagine a town with crosswalks but no pedestrians, cars and trucks but no drivers. Welcome to Mcity, a fake "town" built by researchers who are testing out the driverless cars of the future.
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Bend & Snap: Origami Inspires New Ways to Fold Curved Objects
Huffman Cone
August 21st, 2015
A new mathematical rule explains how simple, 3D curved surfaces — such as domes or saddles — can be folded and snapped into new positions or to form different structures.
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Tesla Unveils Snakelike Robot Charger for Electric Cars
Tesla's snake robot charger.
August 10th, 2015
Plugging your electric car into its charger with your own two hands is so 2013.
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Shake, Rattle and Build: Colliding Bricks Self-Assemble Into Objects
Self-Assembling Bricks
July 30th, 2015
Scientists shook "bricks" in a spinning chamber, and for the first time, showed that artificial building blocks can put themselves together just by banging around at random.
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