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Robot Learns To Walk With Damaged Legs

Great news for robots! Bad news for people chased by robots.<p>Robots don’t feel pain, which is good, because what this six-legged robot does would be almost impossible with anything even resembling a human nervous system. Published today in <i>Nature</i>, “Robots that can adapt like animals,” looks at a …

Watch This Robot Learning to Play with Legos Like a Kid

If you’ve ever watched a child trying to fit a shape into a cut-out, you might get a flash of déjà vu in the following robot video. It takes some …

Robotics

Building An Unkillable Robot

<b>It almost looks like a wounded animal</b>.<p>There’s that little hop in its gait, the way it looks tentative as it springs forward from its haunches, the …

Robotics

Watch robot snatch flies without killing them - Futurity

This robot can catch and analyze living flies without harming them. That's good news for scientists who spend hours staring at flies under a …

Robotics

Watch This Robot Suck Up Fruit Flies Like A UFO [Video]

Robo-flycatchers can speed up research, keeping scientists sane<p>If I hadn’t worked in a fruit fly genetics lab in college, I might still be a scientist today. Our lab studied how sperm compete inside the female fruit fly’s reproductive tract, which was cool, but the actual work was monotonous. I …

This robot takes 120 seconds to recover from a limb amputation

The scene in <i>Terminator 2</i> where the T-1000 melts and reforms after Arnold Schwarzenegger's T-800 blasts it to pieces just got one step closer to …

Reporters Notebook: My Stay in

I've always loved a good ghost story but have always been a skeptic on paranormal topics.<p>However, If there's a time that nearly changed my mind, it …

The science of ghost hunting: Parapsychology 'will eventually disappear'

The science of studying the paranormal will eventually disappear, with spooky experiences being explained through neuroscience and psychology, an …

Top 5 Reportedly Haunted Locations Ghost Hunters Must Visit

<i>Image courtesy of Thinkstock</i><p>One of the biggest crazes in the travel industry today is dark tourism, and for those who love the idea of hunting for …

Paranormal

Unorthodox Sprite drone tolerates abuse and actually flies

When you picture a consumer drone, something bulky with four or six props <i>à la</i> DJI probably pops to mind. But the folks behind a new model on Kickstarter think that such UAVs have two big problems -- namely, they're hard to carry and break easily if you mess up. They built The Sprite to overcome …

Humans 'will become God-like cyborgs within 200 years'

The amalgamation of man and machine will be the ‘biggest evolution in biology’ claims Professor Yuval Noah Harari<p>Wealthy humans are likely become cyborgs within 200 years as they gradually merge with technology like computers and smart phones, a historian has claimed.<p>Yuval Noah Harari, a professor …

What The Justice Department’s New Drone Rules Mean For Your Privacy

More paper work for special agents, more privacy for you<p>Announced Friday, the Department of Justice has some brand-new guidelines for how its agencies (the United States Marshals Service, FBI, DEA, and ATF) can use drones while still respecting the civil rights of American citizens. The guidance …

Damage Recovery Algorithm Could Make All Robots Unstoppable

For the last three years, we’ve been watching as the hexapods created by Antoine Cully and Jean-Baptiste Mouret have been getting increasingly …

Robotics

Robots are learning how to limp like animals

An algorithm can help bots adapt to injury through trial and error<p>Robots somehow seem most lifelike when they're not working quite right. Watching a spidery mechanical creature struggle to keep going after losing a limb feels like watching a wounded animal, with one big difference: the animal has …

Robotics

This robot chef can cook any type of dish

This futuristic chef, created by Moley Robotics, was pre-programmed to prepare a crab bisque. The robot handles the entire cooking process - although the ingredients do have to be prepared and placed in a pre-designated spot for the robot to successfully follow the recipe.<p>The entire robotic kitchen …

Robotics