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A Robot That Spins 3D Webs Is Even Creepier Than a Spider

The one redeeming feature of a spider is that the webs they create are usually too small, or too weak, to entrap a human. But Festo continues to …

We Finally Know Why the North Pole Is Moving East

Something strange is happening to our planet. Around the year 2000, the North rotational pole started migrating eastward at a vigorous clip. Now, …

SpaceX Just Landed a Rocket on a Drone Ship

Minutes after a smooth launch of its Dragon spacecraft this afternoon, SpaceX hit a long-standing, elusive goal: It neatly landed the Falcon 9 rocket …

This 3D Printer Makes Robots That Can Walk Away as Soon as They're Done

Bringing the world one step closer to having real-life replicators like <i>Star Trek</i> promised, researchers at MIT’s CSAIL lab have developed a new 3D …

3D Printing

Why Self-Driving Cars Should Never Have Steering Wheels

The head of Google’s self-driving car division made headlines recently for asking federal regulators to allow a vehicle without human-facing features …

How Self-Driving Cars Could Make Traffic Worse

Self-driving cars bring many promises like fewer deaths, smarter navigation, and no more ugly parking lots. But a new study highlights a critical …

Atlas Is Done Taking Your Bullshit In The Best Terminator Mash-Up GIF Yet

Ever since Boston Dynamics released new video of the Atlas robot getting bullied with a hockey stick, people have been making mash-ups about the …

Scientists plot sea levels using GPS satellites

Accurate sea level measurements are more critical than ever, but there are a limited number of radar satellites designed for that purpose. However, a team from the UK's National Oceanography Centre (NOC), University of Michigan and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have discovered a new way to do so …

Mercedes replaces robots with people on its assembly line

We've all heard stories about how the robots are taking our jobs. While that may be true, Mercedes-Benz is replacing some of its high-tech workers with real live humans. As it turns out, robots can't keep up with the degree of customization that the automaker offers on its S-Class sedans. To be …

Doctors implant 3D-printed vertebrae in 'world's first' surgery

Ralph Mobbs, a neurosurgeon at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, made medical history in late 2015 when he successfully replaced two vertebrae with custom made prosthesis. The patient, in his 60s, suffered from Chordoma, a particularly nasty form of cancer that had formed on his top two …

CowTech's $99 3D scanner captures detail from small objects

In today's maker-friendly workshop a 3D scanner is just as useful as 3D printing for replicating small objects. And now there's an option to adding the former gadget to your setup for under $100. The CowTech Ciclop is an open-source 3D scanner with two lasers and a 720p camera (a Logitech webcam, …

APEX telescope maps Milky Way's star-forming regions

The APEX telescope in Chile has completed its biggest project, resulting in the most complete view of the cold galaxy we've ever seen. It spent almost a decade peering into the skies for the APEX Telescope Large Area Survey of the Galaxy or ATLASGAL in submillimeter wavelengths, which fall in …

Photo of Pluto's north pole shows its ancient frozen canyons

NASA has released another close-up of the most beloved dwarf planet, this time focusing on its northern polar area. If Pluto's heart-shaped region has a cracked ice plain, mountain ranges and craters, its north pole has frozen canyons much older than any of the others found elsewhere on its …

This Chip Will Make Satellite Radars Way Sharper

It may look like any other picture of a silicon chip, but this one’s rather special: It’s the centrepiece of a new 94 GHz radar system being …

Pepper the robot is going to staff an entire phone store

Kicking off an event that showcases Softbank's Pepper robot working in a business environment, the Japanese phone carrier says it's going to test it out for itself, announcing a Pepper phone shop staffed entirely by its robots. According to the company, you'll be able to sign up to a phone contract …

NASA's Opportunity rover celebrates 12th anniversary on Mars

When the Opportunity made its Mars landing on January 24th, 2004, NASA believed the rover would only last about 90 days, due to the Red Planet's dusty nature. But, thanks to unexpected winds which kept Opportunity's solar panels clean, that obviously never happened. This week, the aging rover …

Lego's new robotics kit is the kind of educational toy I wish I had growing up

Listen, it's been a long week. Sometime you just want to build Lego robots for a bit. This week, Lego unveiled its second generation WeDo education kit, which includes all the pieces, motors, and sensors necessary for elementary-level students to build robots (and, subversively, learn about science …

Lego

These 3D-printed urns are a much cooler way to celebrate the life of your loved one

Someday, in the hopefully very distant future, after many years of love, laughter, turmoil, and CES conventions, your soul will evacuate this mortal plane and you will cease to be what is considered alive. When that fateful day occurs, your loved ones will be tasked with finding a final resting …

3D Printing

Drinky the robot is the perfect companion for lonely drunks

Well, OK. The truly perfect companion to a lonely drunk is a sympathetic human being, but Drinky is a close second. It can listen to your troubles without judgement while occasionally nodding and giving you a thumbs up, and it can clink glasses with you as if you're actually drinking with another …

This supersized drone will fly you to work (or anywhere)

It's happened. Someone built a quadcopter big enough to carry human cargo. The future is officially here, and it's kinda scary. Scary in the cool way, though. The same company that brought us the regular-sized Ghost drone has just announced the "184" Personal Flying Vehicle (PFV). It's about the …

Drones

Syfy Labs fires up its 3D printers, lights and VR at CES

Syfy has always been willing to experiment with tech that promotes its shows -- Hue lights, the <i>Defiance</i> game/show tie-in -- and now it's launched the Syfy Labs "think tank" to crank out even more oddities. Here at CES, the network has a booth featuring some of its initial projects, like 3D printers …

A closer look at Intel and Xiaomi's Ninebot Segway Robot

Intel's collaboration with Xiaomi on its new (now modular) Ninebot Segway means at least one very important thing: it now has an adorable roboface. Arguably upstaging Intel's CEO when he rode the Ninebot on stage, it apparently combines the voice recognition and interaction skills of Pepper the …

Robotics

NASA to study the health of coral reefs across the world

Coral reefs are breathtaking homes for a diverse range of marine life, including turtles, sharks and eels. They're under threat from pollution, fishing and climate change though, and the data available on their deteriorating health is scattershot. To help, NASA is launching the Coral Reef Airborne …

This is the first object 3D-printed from alien metal

So-called "asteroid mining" company Planetary Resources is built on the belief that asteroids and other objects in space are loaded with resources that we can take advantage of, both here on Earth and as we begin to explore space in earnest. The essentially infinite supply of rocks floating through …

3D Printing

Meet KATIA, a robotic arm that wants to do it all

Some people very strongly believe that robots will eventually replace humans in the workforce. Those people probably wouldn't like KATIA, a surprisingly versatile robot arm we just met here at CES. Carbon Robotics founders Rosanna Myers and Dan Corkum managed to build an industrial-grade robotic …

Robotics

We could finally see an event horizon in 2017

Event horizons remain shrouded in mystery (and is depicted as the gateway to hell by a certain sci-fi horror flick) for good reason. Since they don't emit or reflect light, they're notoriously hard to photograph. The good news is that the Event Horizons Telescope's development is on track and could …

The ESA wants to put people on the moon by the 2020s

The European Space Agency is going back to the moon. It announced on Friday that it's working with international partners to land a series of manned missions on the moon by the end of the next decade. But first, they're sending in robots to pave the way.<p>The ESA plans to launch a number of …

Google's self-driving cars don't crash as much as humans do

Evidence is already starting to pile up that autonomous vehicles are pretty darn safe, but would you like to slap a number on it? Okay, we've got one: according to a study commissioned by Google itself, self driving cars get in one less crash per million miles driven than human-controlled vehicles. …

SpaceX will attempt to land a rocket on a barge yet again

After SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launches the Jason-3 satellite on January 17th, its first stage will attempt to land back to Earth unscathed. The private space corp performed a successful touchdown in December, but that was on solid ground. This time, the company will try to land on a drone ship -- …

I became a cyborg to feel older, not stronger

I like to joke that I'm technically 33 years old, but on the inside I'm 65. I'm less inclined to make that joke after spending 20 minutes or so inside Genworth's "Aging Experience" exoskeleton. The R70i, which apparently is a barely coded reference to the fact that 70 percent of Americans will need …

Oculus Rift