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A Super Ball Bot for Titan: A Baby Step To Learning About Saturn’s Unique Moon
Topic: Robotics & A.I.
A child’s toy was the inspiration for a new spacecraft design concept to explore the murky surface of Saturn's moon Titan.

Autonomous Rover Drills Underground in the Atacama
Topic: Robotics & A.I.
A rover named Zoë recently traveled to the dry, harsh terrain of Chile's Atacama Desert. Equipped with a drill, cameras, spectrometers and other sensors, Zoë spent two weeks analyzing the soil from above and below the surface, providing valuable data for future missions to Mars.

Tiny Submersible Could Search for Life in Europa's Ocean
Topic: Robotics & A.I.
Someday, a tiny submarine barely larger than two soda cans could be one of the first visitors to Jupiter's icy moon Europa.

Getting a Feel for the Terrain
Topic: Robotics & A.I.
A team is developing a rover-based computer system that can identify geologically relevant elements in a camera scene.

Cyborgs Needed for Escape from Earth
Topic: Robotics & A.I.
As the growing global population continues to increase the burden on the Earth´s natural resources, some historians and scientists think humans should prepare to colonize space. The problem is, we may have to alter human biology significantly to achieve that goal.

A Cyborg Space Race
Topic: Robotics & A.I.
Who should explore space: robots or humans? Our ability to travel beyond Earth is hampered by the harsh conditions of space, but rather than let robots have all the fun, could cyborg technology allow humans to make greater strides into the final frontier?

Avatars in Space
Topic: Robotics & A.I.
At this year's Oscars, there was a great deal of buzz surrounding the science fiction epic, Avatar. The movie focuses on human explorers virtually immersing themselves in the environment of a distant world through the eyes and body of an avatar. The movie may be science fiction, but the concepts behind avatars in space exploration are based in science fact.

Can a Robot Draw a Map?
Topic: Robotics & A.I.
Scientists will need detailed geologic maps of Mars to guide their search for life there. Typically such maps are produced through painstaking human field work. A group of scientists from Carnegie Mellon University wants to know whether a robot could do the job instead.

The Return of the Blob … As a Robot
Topic: Robotics & A.I.
Most robots have legs, wheels, or tank-like treads. But Virgina Tech roboticist Dennis Hong is building one that uses "whole-skin locomotion" to move like an amoeba, enabling it to squeeze more easily into the some of the tight other-worldly spaces where extraterrestrial life might be hiding.

Build Your Own Borg: Sort of
Topic: Robotics & A.I.
The dream of many planetary geologists is to have a robot on another world making decisions about where it wants to go and what it wants to look closer at. One step towards that dream is a cybernetics experiment venturing into the Spanish cliffs.
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