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Robotic advances promise artificial legs that emulate healthy limbs

Recent advances in robotics technology make it possible to create prosthetics that can duplicate the natural movement of human legs. This capability promises to dramatically improve the mobility of lower-limb amputees, allowing them to negotiate stairs and slopes and uneven ground, significantly reducing their risk of falling as well as reducing stress on the rest of their bodies.

Posted: Nov 7th, 2013

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The secret's in the (robotic) stroke

Recent studies from two research teams at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University demonstrate how underwater robots can be used to understand and influence the complex swimming behaviors of schooling fish.

Posted: Oct 31st, 2013

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Gimball: A crash-happy flying robot (w/video)

Gimball bumps into and ricochets off of obstacles, rather than avoiding them. This 34-cm in diameter spherical flying robot buzzes around the most unpredictable, chaotic environments, without the need for fragile detection sensors.

Posted: Oct 30th, 2013

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Bees' perfect landing inspires robot aircraft

Scientists at The University of Queensland have discovered how the honeybee can land anywhere with utmost precision and grace - and the knowledge may soon help build incredible robot aircraft.

Posted: Oct 29th, 2013

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National Robotics Initiative invests $38 million in next-generation robotics

The National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and NASA, announced new investments totaling approximately $38 million for the development and use of robots that cooperatively work with people to enhance individual human capabilities, performance and safety.

Posted: Oct 24th, 2013

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Two-legged robots learn to walk like a human

Teaching two-legged robots a stable, robust 'human' way of walking - this is the goal of the international research project KoroiBot with scientists from seven institutions from Germany, France, Israel, Italy and the Netherlands.

Posted: Oct 17th, 2013

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