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Object recognition for robots
A team of researchers specializes in SLAM, or simultaneous localization and mapping, the technique whereby mobile autonomous robots map their environments and determine their locations. Now these researchers have demonstrated how SLAM can be used to improve object-recognition systems, which (...)
[Science daily]

Robotic surgery linked to 144 deaths
A study says that surgical robots were involved in operations that resulted in at least 144 deaths over a 14-year period in the US.
[BBC News]

Model for robots with bacteria-controlled brains
A scientist used a mathematical model to demonstrate that bacteria can control the behavior of an inanimate device like a robot.
[Science daily]

Robotics and the law: When software can harm you
Twenty years in, the law is finally starting to get used to the Internet. Now it is imperative that the law figure out how to deal effectively with the rise of robotics and artificial intelligence, an expert says.
[Science daily]

A jump for soft–bodied robots
Traditional robots are made of components and rigid materials like you might see on an automotive assembly line – metal and hydraulic parts, harshly rigid, and extremely strong. But away from the assembly line, for robots to harmoniously assist humans in close–range tasks scientists are designing (...)
[WebWire Consumer electronics]

New era in robotics: 3-D-printed robot is hard at heart, soft on the outside
Engineers have created the first robot with a 3-D-printed body that transitions from a rigid core to a soft exterior. The idea of blending soft and hard materials into the robot's body came from nature.The rigid layers make for a better interface with the device's electronic brains and power (...)
[Science daily]

VIDEO: USA vs Japan: Giant robot duel
American MegaBot challenges Japan's Kuratas Mecha to a giant robot battle to the bitter end
[BBC]

VIDEO: USA vs Japan: Giant robot duel
American MegaBot challenges Japan's Kuratas Mecha to a giant robot battle to the bitter end
[BBC News]

VIDEO: Robot suit lets paralysed soldier walk
James Johnson, who was paralysed in Afghanistan, is using an exoskeleton to walk again as part of a pioneering programme.
[BBC News]

Why the seahorse's tail is square
Why is the seahorse's tail square? An international team of researchers has found the answer and it could lead to building better robots and medical devices. In a nutshell, a tail made of square, overlapping segments makes for better armor than a cylindrical tail. It's also better at gripping (...)
[Science daily]

Robots on the march
A range of robots are on display at the Innorobo event in France, including the most advanced domestic robot to go on sale to the public.
[BBC News]

What links a reporter and the robot apocalypse?
A journalist started a Twitter storm when she reported an industrial accident in Germany - but the huge interest wasn't about the story, rather an inadvertent reference to a sci-fi classic.
[BBC News]

Man crushed to death by robot
A 22-year-old worker is grabbed and killed by a robot at a VW car factory in Germany.
[BBC News]

Small Robot Developed to Investigate Interior of Primary Containment Vessel of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Unit 2
Toshiba Corporation (Tokyo: 6502) today announced that the company and the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning (IRID) have developed a small robot to investigate the interior of the primary containment vessel (PCV) of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Unit 2. (...)
[WebWire Electronic components]

'Tele-rounding': Robots in the neonatal intensive care unit
A team of neonatologists investigated the use of robot-assisted telemedicine in performing bedside rounds and directing daily care for infants with mild-to-moderate disease.
[Science daily]

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