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Robot with gooey feet can scale tall mountains using hot plastic

Robot with gooey feet can scale tall mountains using hot plastic

Researchers in Switzerland are currently working on an interesting new robot that uses melting plastic feet to adhere to vertical surfaces. The robot is designed with special footpads that heat rapidly allowing plastic compounds to melt and ooze into the surface that the bot needs to climb. Molded plastic feet may not sound particularly strong, but strong they are.

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Robot hand has strength of a strongman, dexterity of a doctor

Robot hand has strength of a strongman, dexterity of a doctor

Huge amounts of money and time are being spent researching robotics for myriad of potential uses in the future. Robots promise the ability to be able to work in environments that are too hazardous for humans. A robot must have the strength and dexterity to handle difficult situations that would confront human beings. A lot of research is being put into creating robotic components that mimic the human body in functionality if not design.

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NASA to explore Greenland with GROVER robot

NASA to explore Greenland with GROVER robot

When someone mentions a NASA rover, the first thing we think of is Mars or some other celestial body. Our perspective will need to change soon, however, with NASA planning to deploy a rover in the icy tundra of Greenland on May 3. The rover will be tasked with roaming Greenland's ice sheets to provide scientists with information on the inhospitable land and the changes to its monumental plains of ice.

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NASA’s Opportunity rover is back in action

NASA’s Opportunity rover is back in action

Yesterday, we reported that NASA had discovered its Opportunity rover on Mars in a type of standby mode after lifting the communications moratorium it had in place. The standby mode was a variety called automode, and had left the rover in a state of limbo where it keeps its power balanced and sits around waiting for orders. As of today, the issue has been rectified.

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Hexa drone is half-hexacopter, half-hexapod, 100% terrifying

Hexa drone is half-hexacopter, half-hexapod, 100% terrifying

When the robots finally come to harvest us, they'll probably descend from the skies and then scuttle, spider-like, into our homes and shelters, just like MadLab Industries' terrifyingly ominous Hexa. The combined horror of a six-bladed hexacopter and a 6-legged hexapod, the omnidirectional robot can either tackle terrain on-foot or take to the air to avoid obstacles, then using the multipurpose legs as a grapple to snatch up objects (objects that, it has to be said, are roughly the size of a human baby's head in MLI's demo video).

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Robot archaeologist discovers new chambers under Temple of Quetzalcoatl

Robot archaeologist discovers new chambers under Temple of Quetzalcoatl

Archaeology can be both challenging and dangerous. A lot of the archaeological finds take discovers underground, where they are forced to squeeze through very narrow passages that are at times to narrow for a human to crawl through. Archaeologists working in Mexico near the Pyramid of the Sun have begun using a robotic archaeologist to explore caverns and tunnels underneath the Temple of Quetzalcoatl. The caverns are too small for a normal human to explore.

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Liquid Robotics unveils Wave Glider SV3 ocean robot

Liquid Robotics unveils Wave Glider SV3 ocean robot

Liquid Robotics has introduced its Wave Glider SV3, which is touted as the first unmmaned ocean hybrid wave unmanned ocean robot that is solar-propelled. Because the ocean robot is unmanned, it can be sent out to areas that would be too tricky to send individuals, whether due to position or weather or some other factor. Because of the way the robot is powered, it can be used without stop for thousands of miles.

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FTC selects two winners in Robocall Challenge, gives each $25,000

FTC selects two winners in Robocall Challenge, gives each $25,000

Back in October 2012, the FTC decided to make the battle against annoying robocalls public, tasking the hivemind with a challenge to develop technology for dealing with the calls. The incentive was a $50,000 award, in addition to a trip to Washington D.C. where the solution would be presented. Now, nearly six months later, the challenge is over and the winners have been selected.

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