Stephen Geissinger

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Scientists build robotic ant colony to find out how real ants choose directions

As anyone who's ever observed an ant farm will attest, ants tend to pick the most efficient route through their maze to a food source, even when confronted with two seemingly identical routes. Scientists weren't exactly sure how ants are able to do this, especially with limited vision and limited …

Kinect-powered SimSensi can diagnose depression by tracking body movements and facial expressions

There's no doubt that enterprising hardware enthusiasts are finding uses for Microsoft's Kinect that go far beyond gaming. Take SimSensi, for example — a digital interface that asks questions to help diagnose potentially depressed individuals. SimSensi performs its initial diagnosis not by …

Sicily revokes permission for military satellite station

PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) - The Sicilian regional government in Italy has revoked permission for the United States to build a military satellite station on the island, its governor said on Friday, after protests by residents who said it could pose a health risk.<p>The planned ground station is part of …

Students Create Man-Sized Autonomous Robotic Jellyfish, This Is The Beginning Of The End

It's 5'7" long and weighs 170 pounds. And it operates by itself. Video within.<p>Students and researchers at Virginia Tech College of Engineering have created<p>the death of us alla human-sized autonomous robotic jellyfish, to better study the locomotion of the unusual real-life animal that was its …

Festo Unveils BionicOpter, a Robotic Dragonfly

Festo has unveiled BionicOpter, its impressive blue dragonfly robot. The four winged robot has a wingspan of 70 centimeters (27.5 inches) and a body …