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Naturally Inspired
Topic: Robotics & A.I.
Summary: In this interview with Astrobiology Magazine, Alex Ellery explains how robots can borrow strategies used by living creatures, and discusses how such techniques may be used in future space missions.

Leaping Lemur
Topic: Robotics & A.I.
Summary: Lemurs, those wide-eyed, active, monkey-like animals running around the island in the movie "Madagascar," are known for their ability to leap. A robotic lemur being tested at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory moves more slowly.

Bug Bots
Topic: Robotics & A.I.
Summary: A pet dog sits on command, but nobody expects an insect to follow human instructions. So it may come as a surprise to learn that researchers recently succeeded in controlling cockroaches with tiny mobile robots. The results hint at a future where we can interact and communicate with many different kinds of animals.

A Eye
Topic: Robotics & A.I.
Summary: Using the eyes of insects such as dragonflies and houseflies as models, a team of bioengineers at University of California, Berkeley, has created a series of artificial compound eyes.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Robot
Topic: Robotics & A.I.
Summary: Will robots one day rule the world? For decades this notion has both fascinated and terrified humans, our hungry imagination fed by Hollywood blockbusters and sci-fi novels. Now a new generation of robots promises a breakthrough in the world of Artificial Intelligence as they become capable of cognitive thought processes.

Trooper Zoë
Topic: Robotics & A.I.
Summary: Carnegie Mellon University researchers and their colleagues from NASA's Ames Research Center, the universities of Tennessee, Arizona and Iowa, as well as Chilean researchers at Universidad Catolica del Norte are preparing for the final stage of a three-year project to develop a prototype robotic astrobiologist.

Touch-Sensitive Cyborg
Topic: Robotics & A.I.
Summary: A ballerina gracefully dances on a small stage. She is followed not by a male partner, but by a robotic arm manipulator that seems to sense her every move. For NASA Goddard technologist Vladimir Lumelsky, the performance shows the future of robotics.

Machines That Make-Out
Topic: Robotics & A.I.
Summary: One of the dreams of both science fiction writers and practical robot builders has been realized, at least on a simple level: Cornell University researchers have created a machine that can build copies of itself. The fundamental unit of the replication is referred to as a "molecube".

Walking Tall Like a Human
Topic: Robotics & A.I.
Summary: A machine called RABBIT, which resembles a high-tech Tin Man from "The Wizard of Oz," minus the arms, was developed by University of Michigan and French scientists over six years. If you nudge this robot, it steps forward and catches its balance much like a human.

Remote Control Insects
Topic: Robotics & A.I.
Summary: Yale University School of Medicine researchers have found a way to exercise a little mind control over fruit flies, making the flies jump, beat their wings, and fly on command by triggering genetic remote controls that the scientists designed and installed in the insects' central nervous systems

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