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How to build a bionic man

The bionic man featured in a Channel 4 documentary this week may not be a realistic copy of a human - but robots prompt questions about what we want from our most sophisticated machines.

Feb 8th, 2013

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VGH first in Canada to use superbug-killing robot

She's just 5'5" and quiet, but don't let her demure looks fool you - she's a ruthless killer who moves at the speed of light. Meet Tru-D, the newest member of Vancouver General Hospital's (VGH) Housekeeping and Infection Control teams.

Feb 7th, 2013

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Water robots home in on pollution

Cutting-edge technology has enabled a team of experts to build remote buoys and robot platforms incorporating miniaturised sensors. Able to identify pollution types and measure concentrations in large bodies of water, this represents an ingenious advance for environmental monitoring.

Feb 1st, 2013

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The ecological badminton robot

Researchers pioneered the development of the first robot ever to play badminton. But this robot is only a guinea pig to test a software application designed to optimise energy efficiency in machine design.

Jan 30th, 2013

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NASA working on mining robot for space missions

After decades of designing and operating robots full of scientific gear to study other worlds, NASA is working on a prototype that leaves the delicate instruments at home in exchange for a sturdy pair of diggers and the reliability and strength to work all day, every day for years.

Jan 28th, 2013

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