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AstrobioBot: The Story Begins
Topic: Robotics & A.I.
Summary: Astrobiology Magazine introduces our first comic series, The Amazing Adventures of AstrobioBot. This digital version of a Sunday comic will follow the journeys of a little robot as he builds himself into a full-fledged astrobiology explorer.

Building Biological Computers
Topic: Robotics & A.I.
Summary: New research shows that genetically modified cells can be made to communicate with each other as if they were electronic circuits. The study is a groundbreaking step toward building complex systems where the body's own cells can help to keep us healthy.

For Robust Robots, Let Them Be Babies First
Topic: Robotics & A.I.
Summary: Scientists have taken a page from nature when designing tough new robots. Like tadpoles turning into frogs, the new robots change their body forms while learning how to walk. The study might be able to help in developing mobile robots for future exploration missions to locations of interest for astrobiology.

Hopping Rovers for the Red Planet
Topic: Robotics & A.I.
Summary: Scientists and engineers are developing a Mars 'hopping' vehicle that could help astrobiologists explore the red planet. Robotic explorers play an essential role in the search for signs of past or present life in the solar system.

Cyborgs Needed for Escape from Earth
Topic: Robotics & A.I.
Summary: 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.

Solving a Murder Mystery
Topic: Robotics & A.I.
Summary: With some robotic help, a team of scientists from NASA, Carnegie Mellon and the USGS has helped authorities solve a cold case murder investigation.

Lieutenant Commander Data, Reporting for Duty
Topic: Robotics & A.I.
Summary: Later this year, a human-like robot will become a resident of the International Space Station (ISS). Robonaut 2 will join the ISS crew in order to test how the robot operates in weightlessness. In the future, robots like Robonaut could help humans perform science experiments in space and explore the surface of other worlds, like Mars.

Reach Out and Touch Someone
Topic: Robotics & A.I.
Summary: Researchers have developed a way to use body parts as touchpads for small electronic devices. The lightweight technology could have applications for users of small gadgets like smart phones. It could also be useful for space explorers on missions where payload space for equipment is extremely limited.

A Cyborg Space Race
Topic: Robotics & A.I.
Summary: 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.
Summary: 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.

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