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UK researchers work on disease-detecting nano-robot

UK researchers work on disease-detecting nano-robot

Scientists at the UK's Newcastle University and the National Science Foundation in the United States are working on a new kind of robot. Not the kind that will wake you up and present you with the paper and a cup of coffee in the morning, but one that could literally swim around inside your body to get the most in-depth analysis possible when you start to feel sick, or even detect symptoms for serious disease even if you don't feel any different.

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Ohio high schools pit robots in basketball competition

Ohio high schools pit robots in basketball competition

Ohio is a very spors-centric state. The Ohio State Buckeyes are one of the best college football teams in the country, and even though the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, and Cincinnati Bengels aren't the best, they have ardent fans and are among the most well-branded spors teams. But when it comes to basketball, Ohio has a deficit. So maybe it's time to stop looking for humans and see if robots can do the job.

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Dr. Fill crossword-solving computer loses to humans

Dr. Fill crossword-solving computer loses to humans

It was a bit of a man versus machine competition at the recent American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in New York City, and this time around, man won. More precisely, 140 humans did better than a computer program designed specifically to solve the mind-bending puzzles. It sped through some, but others, like one where competitors had to spell given words backward, threw it for a loop.

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CaddyTrek robotic golf caddy is awesome technology for a boring product

CaddyTrek robotic golf caddy is awesome technology for a boring product

The CaddyTrek is a pretty cool product. It's designed so that you don't have to carry your golf clubs around an entire 18-hole golf course. Instead, your bag is carried by an autonomous wheeled contraption that can sense your movements from behind and follow you from hole to hole. It is a way to reduce the physical demand of what is already one of the least physically demanding sports out there.

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Mech Warfare Robot Arena project hits Kickstarter

Mech Warfare Robot Arena project hits Kickstarter

There are a bunch of awesome video games on the market today including games like Battlefield and Mass Effect 3. When the games we haven't seen in a while that was always one of my favorites was the MechWarrior franchise. I keep hoping someone will make a new game in the universe but until then this scale real-life air soft version might be as close as we get.

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Costa Concordia gets search help from robotics

Costa Concordia gets search help from robotics

Italian authorities have confirmed that they will be using robotic equipment for the kind of tasks that it does best - maneuvering through areas that humans can't successfully navigate. And there are, as you might expect, a number of those areas on the capsized cruise liner the Costa Concordia. The mission will be to track down the seven bodies that are still believed to be on the ship.

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Microsoft releases Robotics dev toolkit for Kinect droids

Microsoft releases Robotics dev toolkit for Kinect droids

Microsoft has released its Robotics Developer Studio 4 (RDS4), helping robot builders integrate Kinect into their DIY hardware, while a reference hardware platform, Eddie, has also been launched. Meanwhile, Microsoft has also announced its ten finalists of the Robotics@Home competition. The RDS4 toolkit includes simulators so that users can create virtual 'bots without any actual hardware to hand, but the real fun starts when you plug a Kinect into a laptop and some servos.

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Navy humanoid robot can put out fires

Navy humanoid robot can put out fires

A firefighting robot is actually not that new of an idea. When you think about the benefits of building a robot, sticking it into places where humans cannot safely traverse is pretty much the first concept. However, creating a robot that can put out fires and actually walks around like a normal human is something that could be revolutionary.

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