Robotics & A.I

    • Farmer Droids
      The practicality of inexpensive robots opens a host of worldly applications, whether tending a cornfield or testing for bugs. Just as in the film Star Wars, there may be a future role for autonomous robots to tend the farm while farmers blast off for
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    • Fantastic Voyage
      For both scientists and artists in the field of nanotechnology, making tiny airplanes and flower-like designs on scales smaller than the width of a human hair showcases the large promise of thinking small.
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    • Follow the Sun
      This is the second in a series of articles on a research project, Life in the Atacama, that recently began in Chile's Atacama desert. This article will focus on the innovative Hyperion rover that is being used in the project, a rover designed to travel
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    • Matrix
      Estimating the frequency for communicating with an extrasolar civilization is a multi-dimensional challenge. The answer, according to two scientists at the Hungarian Astronomical Association, is less like an equation, and more like a matrix.
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    • Featherless Bipeds
      In the featured "Dinner with..." series, Astrobiology Magazine looks at the possibilities for computers to emulate complex human patterns. The father of artificial intelligence and Nobel Laureate, Herbert Simon, gives a short course in life.
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    • Breeding Computer Code
      When biologists and computer scientists meet, their hybrid projects have produced intriguing models for evolution. A team of Michigan State and Caltech scientists report in Nature on their method of breeding computer code to mimic some features of evolutionary theory.
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    • Web Walking Robot Explorers
      This week's selection for the Extreme Explorers' Hall of Fame is from researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., who have created a micro robot reminiscent.
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    • Martian Rocks, Robot Retrieves
      Remarkably, on average, one Martian meteorite lands on Earth each month. But finding these scientific treasures is not a job for a human, at least according to the Nomad robot - this week's entry in the Extreme Explorers Hall of Fame.
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    • Scorpion Project: Extreme Explorers Hall of Fame
      The eight-legged robot from a German and American research team has to venture 25 miles autonomously into the Mojave Desert and return safely.
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    • The ERA Rover Class: Extreme Explorers’ Hall of Fame
      This weeks Extreme Explorer Hall of Fame selection: the ERA Rover-class. The Extra Vehicular Activity Robotic Assistant (ERA) rover is like a work crew without a foreman.
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    • Entomopter: Extreme Explorer’s Hall of Fame
      Fixed wing flyers are difficult to build as Martian roving vehicles. But this week's Extreme Explorer tries to learn from the terrestrial insect world.
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    • Extreme Explorers’ Hall of Fame: FIDO
      Extreme Explorers' Hall of Fame will show you the best explorers of extreme environments; these machines, rovers, submersibles and crawlers all aim to traverse the toughest terrain.
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    • Squaring Off with a Robotic Serpent
      NASA engineers are developing an intelligent robot snake that can slither over or around obstacles and into cracks in a planet's surface. The "snakebot may one day search for water and fossils on other planets.
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