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Robots Tapped In Search For Explorer's Plane Missing Since 1928

Roald Amundsen was the first man to reach the South Pole. His plane went missing during a rescue mission somewhere near the North Pole. Over 80 years after, Norwegians set out on a high-tech operation to find traces of their legendary compatriot.

Mannington Dairy Farm Employs Milking Robot

A farm may be the last place you'd expect to find a robot but apparently, some of these machines have long been taught to milk cows.

Army Sponsors Project for Malnourished-Looking BEAR

Even if it's just an acronym, I wish they could have come up with a more appropriate name.

Taiwan's New Guide Greets With A Cold Welcome

Planning a trip to Taiwan in the future? Don't be surprised if you're given a cold reception when you get there.

Control Your Roomba On A Multi-Touch Coffee Table

Tired of guessing what Apple's next multi-touch device would be? We daresay it wouldn't be half as amazing as this.

Robot Might Just Hold Autism Puzzle's Missing Piece

Many parents have difficulty guessing what their autistic child's current emotion is ... but certain robots seem to be able to do so with ease.

To Harvest Cauliflower, UK Robots Will Require Specially Designed Eyes

When humans determine whether a veggie is right for harvesting, they use only 1 set of electromagnetic waves - visible light. Robots need at least 4.

iRobot wins 13.5 Million Dollar Contract for the PackBot MTRS

iRobot today announced it has been awarded a $13.5 million Indefinite-Delivery/Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) contract from the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in Indian Head, Md.

EATRs May Not Have To Forage Anymore

You may now breathe easy - robots won't have to feed on human flesh because pretty soon, they'll be farming their own food.

Robot Sales Already Taking A Dip

Despite the incredible advancements in robot technologies, sales are going down. Have Terminator scenarios like corpse-eating machines scared buyers away?

Robot Shoots When You Smile

If you're the type who constantly smiles when drunk, better be careful when this robot's invited to the party, for not even the dim light can hide you from it.

Robots are the newest recruits in London's Firefighting Brigade

After their bomb-detonating stints in Iraq and Afghanistan, ex-army robots are again doing their duty to the tax-paying public, this time as crewmembers of London's firefighting brigade.

Scientists Recognize the Risks of Having a Self Aware Machine

Robots that can seek and forage sources of fuel, mimic the mobility qualities of the most maneuverable animals, withstand serious bangs and crashes, learn and manifest expressions, and so on - with these developments, it's normal for many in the general public to become concerned. After all, they probably haven't missed a single episode of The Matrix or Terminator.

Robots in the Outfield: Bot Baseball Players Achieve What Humans Can Only Dream Of

If you're hankering for a baseball game that's devoid of all strikeouts and misses, you should watch out for the first official game of these baseball-playing robots. But you'd have to fly to Japan first.

IED-Detecting Robots Could Save Soldiers' Lives

Who says only machine gun toting robots could save the day? The more technologically-advanced cousins of the Roomba can too.

iRobot reports 2nd quarter results, narrows losses

iRobot reported a second quarter net loss of $2.6 million or $0.10 per share, compared to a loss of $4.5 million or $0.18 per share in the same quarter last year.  Despite narrowing losses, analysts had expected a small profit during the second quarter, and as a result the stock price dropped almost 15% on Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 on the first day of trading following the announcement.

Archie, the All-Around Robot Helper, Coming Soon to Our Homes (Or Not)

Much like its popular comic-book counterpart, Archie the robot wants to be a household name too. This humanoid robot, created by the Vienna University of Technology alongside the University of Manitoba, was designed to help around the house, doing mundane household chores such as cooking and cleaning.

Moon Ads by Robots: The Ultimate Advertising Coup?

Here's an option that companies who want to have greater publicity can take: emblazon your logo across the moon's surface. Now what could be more prominent audience exposure than that?

EATR Robot is strictly Vegetarian

The creators of EATR are assuring the general public that, contrary to reports that they've managed to develop corpse-munching robots, their machines are programmed to stick to the menu. i.e., veggies. 

Bat Bots You Say? Researchers aim for something even smaller

Japanese researchers are working on insect bots. One obvious advantage of tiny maneuverable robots is their ability to navigate through the tightest spots to search for say, survivors trapped underneath a rubble. But to sniff out drugs stashed half a mile away? Yup, they can do that too.

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