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Essential Science: Meet the soft-robot that grows like a plant

A new prototype soft robot has been designed, and it the researchers behind the development took inspiration from plants. The robot 'grows' in order to explore its environment.

Robotic advances for MedTech

Medical technology looks set to be transformed by robotics, with several innovative projects underway. Among these are Google's forays into digital surgery platforms.

Surgical Robotics: The Next 25 Years

Cambridge - A new report has cast a futuristic gaze towards surgical robots and autonomous systems over the next twenty-five years. The outcomes indicate an enhanced role for machines in making medical decisions and assisting surgeons in performing complex tasks.

Reimagining work: What robots can do for us

The use of robots has tended to be reserved for tasks people either don't want to do or which are considered dangerous. This is set to change, according to a new report that considers how emerging technologies will change the future.

Drones are helping the construction industry to reach new heights

The building site of the future will look very different. Instead of dozens of men and women in high visibility jackets things will look far more futuristic with drones buzzing overhead, robotic bulldozers and 3D printers churning out new structures.

Construction robots will be building it big

Boston - The world of construction and building is changing fast thanks to the use of robotics. Robots have the potential to build faster and more accurately than people, and they signal the digital transformation of the industry.

Humans will disappear from building sites by 2050

Most builders could disappear from building sites by 2050 according to a new industry survey. Already robotic bricklayers are being tested out, and to good effect.

Clearing up space junk with lizard inspired grippers

Houston - An unusual development in robotics: a new gripper system designed for clearing up space junk, with the inspiration drawn from gecko feet. We investigate.

Drone technology will transform and not replace our jobs

Today, drones are planting trees, aiding emergency personnel, doing search-and-rescue and delivering packages. Does this mean that these machines will be taking jobs done by humans? One tech expert says no, but they will likely transform jobs.

Radioactive contamination found on Hanford worker's clothing

Seattle - Just when DOE officials were thinking contractors had everything under control, a worker at the Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington state got radioactive contamination on his clothing, prompting another investigation.

Elon Musk's $1 billion AI startup trains robots in VR

OpenAI, the artificial intelligence research company set up by Elon Musk, has come up with a new method for teaching robots — giving them a demo in virtual reality.

Technologists calculate how many jobs will be lost to robots

It’s an open ended question, but how many jobs, currently carried out by humans, will be lost to robots and other innovations with technology? According to Carnegie Mellon University policymakers will only know if big data analytics are improved.

Top Silicon Valley investor weighs in on the robot revolution

In San Francisco, you can order food from your favorite taqueria and have it delivered by a self-driving bot, or grab a latté from a robot-powered coffee kiosk.

Robots in Germany to start delivering pizza for Domino's

Hamburg - Domino's announced that it has partnered with Starship Technologies and it will start using robots to deliver pizza in Hamburg, Germany.

Wearable robotic tools developed for surgery

Bristol - Wearable robotic implements and devices are being developed to aid surgeons when performing complex surgical techniques. The latest developments relate to keyhole surgery where accuracy and precision are key.

Psychologists determine how to spot a human from an android

Sci-fi show Westworld shows the difficulty (and danger) in telling humans and androids apart. It needn’t be that difficult, according to a research group, at least with the types of androids that can be designed today.

TEPCO struggles to make the public understand radiation levels

Tokyo - After six years of misleading information and alleged cover-ups, it seems that TEPCO is still having a problem with communicating with the public. This time the problem was a radiation spike TEPCO discovered in Reactor No. 2, except there was no spike.

Toddler robots designed to understand how children to learn

Interactive learning of machine could help researchers to understand how children learn new words, according to a new study. Evidence suggests children effectively learn new words in same way as robots.

Robot beats its own Rubik's Cube time, sets world record

A robot has set a new world record for the fastest time to solve a Rubik's Cube. It used a series of sensors to scan the faces of the cube and work out the correct positioning. It beats a record set by an earlier version of the same robot.

Robot used to operate in an eye for the first time

Oxford - A robot has been used to complete an operation inside a patient's eye for the first time. The operation has been hailed as a success for surgical robotics.

The restaurant of the future might be entirely robotic

It must have seemed like a revolutionary idea to diners of the 1920s — people on roller skates delivering food straight to their driver's side window.

Swiss Post to test self-driving robots to deliver goods

Switzerland’s national postal service is testing next month autonomous robots to assess their suitability to deliver goods in the future.

Robots, drones to help secure 2018 Winter Olympics in S. Korea

Organizers will deploy robots and drones to help secure the 2018 Games in South Korea in what is expected to be the most high-tech Winter Olympics in history.

Google's education expert talks education of robots vs. kids

Computers may be getting a better education than students, according to one expert at Google. The good news for our kids is that teaching methods — like programming strategies — can change.

Thousands of tiny robots will look 11 billion years back in time

An army of 5,000 tiny robots has been given a giant mission. Under the command of scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL), the robot soldiers will peer 11 billion years back in time (just 400,000 years after the Big Bang).

Mini-robots being trialed to test out medical procedures

To deliver drugs within the human body and for precise surgery, micro-sized robots are being considered. One of the research centers developing robotic devices is Drexel University.

Ford’s robots can build cars, make coffee and give massages

Aside from acquiring the ability to help build cars, robots at the Ford Motor Company’s assembly plant in Germany can also make coffee and even give massages.

Amazon's Picking Challenge challenges the limits of AI robotics

Amazon has crowned the winner of its second Robot Picking Challenge, a competition that sees intelligent robots pitched against each other in a bid to be the fastest to pick products from shelves. The winner can pick over 100 items per hour.

Girl, 10 gets PhD-level fellowship based on plans for robot

One letter stuck out in the stack of applications from people with well-polished resumes applying for the Paris Summer Innovation Fellowship.

Sony eyes return to robot-making business

Tokyo - The adorable Japanese Aibo dogs could soon make a comeback a decade after they were being put to "sleep" as electronics giant Sony Corp. is planning to return to robot-making business.
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Infineon's Sub1 Reloaded Rubik's Cube record holding robot
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Infineon s Sub1 Reloaded Rubik s Cube record holding robot
Infineon's Sub1 Reloaded Rubik's Cube record holding robot
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The team behind the winning robot in Amazon's 2016 Robot Picking Challenge
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