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Special Report: NASA Future Forum

Special Report: NASA Future Forum

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently held the sixth of seven planned Future Forums at the Museum of Science in Boston in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The forum included presentations by NASA Deputy Administrator, Shana Dale, the head of Ares ...

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I-SWARM Robotic Ants to Explore Mars

I-SWARM Robotic Ants to Explore Mars

A team of European researchers lead by scientists at the Institute of Process Control and Robotics in Karlsruhe, Germary are developing automated ant-like robots capable of collectively acting in a large group to accomplish tasks beyond the capability of a ...

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Special Operations Gets Hummingbird UAV

Special Operations Gets Hummingbird UAV

The United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) is in the process of deploying its first Boeing A160T Hummingbird unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The new UAV, developed by Boeing in conjunction with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) looks like ...

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Coast Guard New UAVs

Coast Guard New UAVs

After scrapping plans for its own vertical liftoff unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) last year, the United States Coast Guard is now making plans to use or adapt Navy, Customs, and Border Patrol UAVs for its own needs. The goal is ...

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iRobot Negotiator

iRobot Negotiator

iRobot Corporation of Bedford, Massachusetts released a slimmed down and affordable robot capable of climbing stairs and evaluating potential dangers faced by law enforcement, firemen, and other public safety officials. Based on its military robot, the PackBot, the Negotiator robot ...

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GhostSwimmer Spy Vehicle

GhostSwimmer Spy Vehicle

Researchers at Boston Engineering Corporation of Boston, Massachusetts and Olin College of Needham, Massachusetts are developing a swimming robot based on the bluefin tuna for the United States Navy. Expected to run more than three times longer than traditional propeller-driven ...

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Flying Dragonfly Robot

Flying Dragonfly Robot

Researchers at the Micro Air Vehicle Laboratory at Delft University in the Netherlands have designed a miniature flying robot with an onboard camera. Modeled after a dragonfly, the DelFly Micro is only ten centimeters from wingtip to wingtip and weighs ...

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Robots Waltz on a Pinhead

Researchers at the Donald Lab at Duke University have built miniature robots, only a few microns tall, capable of acting in concert to achieve collaborative tasks. This ability was recently demonstrated by orchestrating a dance to a Strauss Waltz between ...

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Don’t Burn the Cat

Don’t Burn the Cat

Imagine asking a computer program for advice on how to get rid of the cat’s fleas. The software loads all the information it has about fleas, and tells you that there’s a guaranteed and cheap way: burn them. Actually, given ...

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Robotic Fly Takes Off

Robotic Fly Takes Off

For the first time, a miniature man-made robotic fly has been demonstrated. Inspired by nature’s real flies, Prof. Wood and his team from the Harvard University succeeded in manufacturing a 60 milligram robot with a three-centimeter wingspan capable of sustained ...

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