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VIDEO: Students travel by robotic sofa
Australian students travel round campus in comfort
[BBC News]

Thailand's ex-PM develops food robot
A food robot, dubbed e-delicious, has been developed by the Thai government to test authenticity and taste of Thai food.
[BBC News]

New tool assesses skill development in robotic microsurgery
A new standardized assessment provides a useful tool for tracking surgeons' progress as they develop the skills needed to perform robot-assisted microsurgery.
[Science daily]

New tool assesses skill development in robotic microsurgery
A new standardized assessment provides a useful tool for tracking surgeons' progress as they develop the skills needed to perform robot-assisted microsurgery, reports a study.
[Science daily]

Football-size robot can skim discreetly along a ship's hull to seek hollow compartments concealing contraband
Football-size robot can skim discreetly along a ship's hull to seek hollow compartments concealing contraband.
[Science daily]

Power outage? Robots to the rescue
Big disasters almost always result in big power failures. Not only do they take down the TV and fridge, they also wreak havoc with key infrastructure like cell towers. That can delay search and rescue operations at a time when minutes count. Engineers have now developed a tabletop model of (...)
[Science daily]

New RFID technology helps robots find household objects
Researchers have created a new search algorithm that improves a robot's ability to find and navigate to tagged objects. The team has implemented their system on a PR2 robot, allowing it to travel through a home and correctly locate different types of tagged household objects, including a (...)
[Science daily]

Fingertip sensor gives robot unprecedented dexterity
Researchers have equipped a robot with a novel tactile sensor that lets it grasp a USB cable draped freely over a hook and insert it into a USB port.
[Science daily]

Soft robotics 'toolkit' features everything a robot-maker needs
A new resource provides both experienced and aspiring researchers with the intellectual raw materials needed to design, build, and operate robots made from soft, flexible materials. With the advent of low-cost 3-D printing, laser cutters, and other advances in manufacturing technology, soft (...)
[Science daily]

Using underwater robots for a better understanding of the underwater world
It is where we all came from and it is vital to our future, but Earth’s oceans, seas and waterways remain a mystery to us – a final frontier. A new project is at the forefront of a revolution in communications, creating an underwater ‘internet of things’, that will mobilize robots to work in (...)
[Science daily]

'Honeybee' robots replicate swarm behavior
Computer scientists have created a low-cost, autonomous micro-robot which in large numbers can replicate the behavior of swarming honeybees.
[Science daily]

Flying robots will go where humans can't
There are many situations where it’s impossible, complicated or too time-consuming for humans to enter and carry out operations. Think of contaminated areas following a nuclear accident, or the need to erect structures such as antennae on mountain tops. These are examples of where flying robots (...)
[Science daily]

US needs a Federal Robotics Commission, says think tank
The US needs a federal agency to deal with the regulation and ethical challenges of robots and artificial intelligence, says influential think tank Continue reading...
[The Guardian]

Judging a fish by its color: For female bluefin killifish, love is a yellow mate
Researchers used male replicas of bluefin killifish and controlled their movement with robotic arms to improve repeatability in experiments designed to determine how fertile female fish would respond to male courtship. The surprising result: The females preferred males with yellow fins, (...)
[Science daily]

Run, cheetah, run: New algorithm enables cheetah robot to run and jump, untethered, across grass
Speed and agility are hallmarks of the cheetah: The big predator is the fastest land animal on Earth, able to accelerate to 60 mph in just a few seconds. As it ramps up to top speed, a cheetah pumps its legs in tandem, bounding until it reaches a full (...)
[Science daily]

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