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Robotic fish aids understanding of how animals move

The weakly electric black ghost knifefish of the Amazon basin has inspired Northwestern University's Malcolm MacIver to develop agile fish robots that could lead to a vast improvement in underwater vehicles used to study fragile coral reefs or repair damaged deep sea oil rigs.

Posted: Feb 16th, 2014

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Herding robots (w/video)

A new system combines simple control programs to enable fleets of robots - or other 'multiagent systems' - to collaborate in unprecedented ways.

Posted: Feb 12th, 2014

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Maybe robots should, like, hedge a little

Before long, robots will be giving us helpful advice, but we don't want them to be snippy about it. Research at Cornell and Carnegie Mellon universities suggests that if they sound a little less sure of themselves and throw in a few of the meaningless words humans are fond of, listeners will have a more positive response.

Posted: Feb 10th, 2014

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Robots with insect brains (w/video)

Researchers develop a robot that can learn to navigate through its environment guided by external stimuli. It operating principles? The brain of insects.

Posted: Feb 3rd, 2014

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Bio robots make a splash in the Indian Ocean (w/video)

Robotic floats armed with revolutionary new sensors will be launched in the Indian Ocean, as part of a new India-Australia research partnership to find out what makes the world's third largest ocean tick - and how both nations can benefit from it.

Posted: Jan 29th, 2014

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Robots as platforms?

An odd concept for anyone raised on the idea of robots as clunky metal machines or toys designed to make life easier or more fun, but a new EU-funded research project introduces the idea of robots as platforms to deliver smart, user-friendly robotic applications.

Posted: Jan 20th, 2014

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Robots learn from each other on 'Wiki for robots'

Now it's not just people - robots are also connected by internet thanks to RoboEarth. Last week, after four years of research, scientists at Eindhoven University of Technology, Philips and four other European universities presented this online platform through which robots can learn new skills from each other worldwide - a kind of 'Wikipedia for robots'.

Posted: Jan 20th, 2014

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Your robot helper is on the way now it can learn from its friends

January is a time when many of us seek to better ourselves. We want to learn a new skill or improve an existing one. A network designed especially for robots, RoboEarth, is being tested in the Netherlands this week to help them with their own attempts at self-improvement. Soon our mechanical friends will be able to swap tips on how to best care for us and learn about their worlds.

Posted: Jan 17th, 2014

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