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Swarms of Robotic Boats Could Surround Enemy Ships

In an exercise that was the first of its kind, five autonomous boats formed a defensive line between an intruder and the ship they were protecting. Every day brings new

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Robotic Taster Can ID Authentic Thai Food

Good Thai food is great, but bad Thai food can be terrible. Hence the need for a robotic food taster. What? You don’t have one? Then you haven’t heard about

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Snake Robot Walks on Its Head and Tail

All of the joints on this bot move in a variety of directions, giving it the flexibility to change shape. A. KAMAT, R. THAKKER, S. BHARAMBE / VISVESVARAYA NATIONAL INSTITUTE

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Drone Video Records Throngs of Hong Kong Protesters

For five days, tens of thousands of demonstrators have come out into the streets of Hong Kong as part of Occupy Central. The protesters are there to oppose China’s decision

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NANOTECHNOLOGY ‘Gecko Tech’ Lets Humans Climb Like Spider-Man

An operator climbed 25 feet vertically on a glass surface using no climbing equipment other than a pair of hand-held, gecko-inspired paddles. The climber wore, but did not require, the

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Cyborg Beetles Sport Nerve-Gas Sensors

All-carbon devices made from nanotubes and graphene can be attached to a wide variety of surfaces, including plants, insects, paper, clothes, and human skin. Science fiction books, novels and television

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Super ‘Sticky’ Geckskin Adhesive Coming Soon

Geckskin is able to stick to anything that’s vaguely smooth. Newly established Makira Natural Park is now Madagascar’s largest protected area. The hope is that the park will protect hundreds

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Giant Fighting Paintball Robots? Yes, Please

In what can only be regarded as a glorious celebration of the noble human spirit, a group of entrepreneurs has announced plans to build a fleet of giant paintball flinging

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Planet-Hunting Starshade Put to the Test

“Starshade” technology that could help astronomers find and characterize rocky, Earthlike alien worlds was put to the test earlier this year in the Nevada desert. A starshade, also dubbed an

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Future Commuting: The Office Comes to You?

Within a couple of decades, the traditional commute of driving your car to the downtown office will seem as remote as taking a horse-and-buggy to the telegraph station. That’s the