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Humans have empathy for robots, says study

Humans have empathy for robots, says study

When a human sees the plight of another, we're capable of empathy, and it is a powerful thing. Many science fiction movies and books have asked whether humans can have empathy towards robots, especially as they advance and become more like living beings and less like machines. The answer to this is yes, according to a study conducted by scientists at the University of Duisburg.

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Northrop Grumman unveils latest generation of its CUTLASS unmanned ground vehicle

Northrop Grumman unveils latest generation of its CUTLASS unmanned ground vehicle

Northrop Grumman is one of the largest defense contractors in the United States and the company works on a wide variety of projects for the US military. Many those projects have to do with aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles, but some of the projects aren't designed to fly. Northrop Grumman has announced the launch of its latest generation CUTLASS unmanned ground vehicle.

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Researchers develop tiny robots that mimic ant behavior

Researchers develop tiny robots that mimic ant behavior

New Jersey Institute of Technology's Simon Garnier and other researchers have used tiny robots called "Alices" to mimic the behavior of ants, something they say could help improve modern transportation. Ants are notorious for their colony-wide behavior, acting as one when assembled in groups and using the shortest paths to navigate to their food, forming a so-called superorganism.

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Rapyuta helps robots understand the human world

Rapyuta helps robots understand the human world

European scientists have just launched Raptuya, an online database of information for robots, that helps robots cope in the world of humans. The Raptuya database is part of the European RoboEarth Project, a "World Wide Web for robots". The project is designed so that robots can download information from the internet to learn about their environment, software components, objects and images, and also how to perform certain tasks.

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High school engineers construct disc-shooting robots for competition

High school engineers construct disc-shooting robots for competition

High school students from all around New York competed in the FIRST Robotics Regional Championship at the Javits Convention Center. FIRST stands for "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology." These students constructed robots and competed with each other in order to take the 1st place spot and secure their position at the FIRST Robotics National Championship in St. Louis. These events are meant to show students the importance of science and technology.

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DARPA’s BigDog robot can throw cinder blocks farther than you

DARPA’s BigDog robot can throw cinder blocks farther than you

You may already know about the four-legged robot from DARPA and Boston Dynamics; we've talked about it in the past and how it's supposed to help out military troops by carrying supplies over rough terrain and beyond. Now, the BigDog robot can throw objects, including concrete cinder blocks. However, instead of using one of its four legs, it actually uses an extending arm (which looks to be the robot's head and neck) to throw objects.

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Daft Punk album 4 tipped as duo hits Columbia Records

Daft Punk album 4 tipped as duo hits Columbia Records

After many successful years with label Virgin/EMI, the electronic music duo known as Daft Punk will be headed to Columbia records with the promise of a brand new full-length album set for this Spring. Though the details surrounding the new album are scant, we do know that Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have indeed left Virgin records - this is a monster happening due to their extended period rocking and rolling under the label - nearly 17 years!

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LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 robots hands-on

LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 robots hands-on

LEGO has been into robotics for quite some time now, but today at CES, the company unveiled the new MINDSTORMS EV3 robotic system, which is LEGO's first robotic system that comes with iOS and Android app support. The best part is, we got some hands-on time with a few of the robots on display at the company's booth at Pepcom.

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