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NASA’s Curiosity reveals surprises on Mars rock

NASA’s Curiosity reveals surprises on Mars rock

NASA's Curiosity robot, which has been rolling hither and yon on Mars in search of microbial life, has revealed some aspects of a rock that surprise scientists. The rock, named Jack Matijevic in honor of a NASA engineer who passed away shortly after Curiosity landed, contains a varied composition profile that was unexpected based on past missions. These newly discovered compositions give scientists a greater insight into the Martian planet's environment and processes.

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Agama robotic vacuum cleaners suck in a good way

Agama robotic vacuum cleaners suck in a good way

Robotic vacuum cleaners are nothing new; they've been on the market for a long time now. Most robotic vacuums look the same with a round shape that creeps around your house to vacuum the carpets without you having to bother. A company called Agama has announced two new robotic vacuum cleaners that will help you keep your home spotless and clean. The robotic vacuums include the RC530A and RC330A.

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DARPA Cheetah robot runs 28.3 mph: There is no escape

DARPA Cheetah robot runs 28.3 mph: There is no escape

The gang over at DARPA likes to work on some really wild projects from time to time. The part that impresses me the most about some of the wild projects DARPA works on or funds is that the researchers actually get many of them to work. One of the things that DARPA has been pushing hard on is robotics in an attempt to design robots for the military and other applications.

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Flexible robot gets color changing capability

Flexible robot gets color changing capability

If you're the sort geek who really likes robots, you may remember last November when I talked a little bit about a soft robot that was designed to move like a starfish. The robot was made from a soft and flexible rubber material and used compressed air pump inside the structure to move. One of the key attributes of the soft robot was its ability to move underneath a pane of glass that was only 2 cm off the ground.

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MIT robot plane deletes the pilot

MIT robot plane deletes the pilot

When the robots come for you, at least they won't scratch the walls. MIT research into autonomous flight has delivered a robotic plane that can thread its way, at speed, through enclosed and indoor conditions, without requiring preconfigured flight plans or GPS navigation. The plane has significantly longer flight time than autonomous helicopters, though introduced a fair few problems of its own.

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Earthworm robot developed at MIT for tiny science missions

Earthworm robot developed at MIT for tiny science missions

Designers at MIT have created an autonomous robot with the ability to inch forth like an earthworm while it remains impervious to most bashes, drops, and rough terrain. It's called "Meshworm", and Sangbae Kim, the Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, notes that it's a new step towards squeezing through tight spaces and navigating rough terrain in the future. Will we see a robot earthworm plodding around Mars the next time we head out? We shall see!

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Vigilus security bot: The purple triangle of death (or scolding)

Vigilus security bot: The purple triangle of death (or scolding)

There are a lot of uses for robots today with law enforcement, security, and military personnel. The military, in particular, is making an ever-increasing use of robots for dangerous tasks such as clearing buildings where enemy soldiers may be hiding and searching for bombs. In the enterprise space, robots are being increasingly used to help a smaller number of humans patrol a larger area. A company called Gamma Two Robotics has announced a new robot called the Vigilus Mobile Camera System aimed at enterprise security.

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