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Meet Spot: New Breed of Robot Dog Climbs and Trots
Spot the robot dog gets kicked.
February 10th, 2015
Google-owned robotics company Boston Dynamics recently unveiled its newest animal-inspired bot. Meet Spot — a four-legged robotic dog that can climb stairs, trot over rough terrain and even recover from a well-placed kick to the ribs.
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Thin 'Bubble' Coatings Could Hide Submarines from Sonar
Submarine USS Topeka
February 4th, 2015
Bubble-filled rubbery coatings may one day help make submarines virtually undetectable to sonar, researchers say.
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Insects Wear Tiny Spacesuits, for Science
Insect nanosuits
January 27th, 2015
What's the best way to keep an insect from exploding in a powerful vacuum? Wrap it in a tiny spacesuit, of course.
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Firefighting Robots Could Help US Navy Snuff Out Fires at Sea
SAFFIR Firefighting Robot
February 6th, 2015
Hose-wielding humanoid robots could one day keep Navy firefighters out of harm's way.
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Chef Bot? Robot Learns Cooking from YouTube Videos
Cooking robot
February 3rd, 2015
The U.S. military may not be known for its haute cuisine, but it's developing a new robot that can learn how to cook from watching YouTube videos.
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Is the Personal Robot Finally Here?
Robotbase robot
January 22nd, 2015
She's your personal assistant, your photographer, your butler and your home security guard — and she's a robot.
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Spaceflight's Great Leaps Come with Risks (and Tragedies)
Orion Spacecraft
December 29th, 2014
The past year has been a boom time for the commercial spaceflight industry, but alongside the successes have come failures, even tragedies.
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World's First Robot-Staffed Hotel to Open in Japan
geminoid robot
February 5th, 2015
What if you could check into a hotel, have your luggage carried to your room and order a coffee — all with help from a team of robots?
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Eye-Tracking Tech Could Detect Concussions in Football Players
The Arizona Cardinals play the New York Giants in Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
January 29th, 2015
Brain injuries in football players have gained a lot of attention, but diagnosing these injuries isn't easy. Now new eye-tracking technology could help, researchers say.
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Elon Musk Reveals Test Site for Futuristic 'Hyperloop' System
Hyperloop Passenger Transport Capsule Conceptual Design Rendering
January 20th, 2015
The Lone Star state could soon be the new testing ground for the most futuristic transportation system in the world.
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