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NASA working on mining robot for space missions

After decades of designing and operating robots full of scientific gear to study other worlds, NASA is working on a prototype that leaves the delicate instruments at home in exchange for a sturdy pair of diggers and the reliability and strength to work all day, every day for years.

Posted: Jan 28th, 2013

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Futuristic robot ship tracks enemy subs

The Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) is developing an unmanned vessel optimized to robustly track quiet diesel electric submarines.

Posted: Jan 17th, 2013

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CMU to develop commercial mining robots

Carnegie Mellon University has signed a five-year master agreement with one of the world's largest mining companies, London-based Anglo American PLC, to develop robotic technologies for mining.

Posted: Jan 12th, 2013

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NASA's robotic refueling demo set to jumpstart expanded capabilities in space

In mid-January, NASA will take the next step in advancing robotic satellite-servicing technologies as it tests the Robotic Refueling Mission, or RRM aboard the International Space Station. The investigation may one day substantially impact the many satellites that deliver products Americans rely upon daily, such as weather reports, cell phones and television news.

Posted: Jan 10th, 2013

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Scientists use marine robots to detect endangered whales

Two robots equipped with instruments designed to "listen" for the calls of baleen whales detected nine endangered North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of Maine last month. The robots reported the detections to shore-based researchers within hours of hearing the whales, demonstrating a new and powerful tool for managing interactions between whales and human activities.

Posted: Jan 9th, 2013

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Robots make their mark in restaurants kitchens (w/video)

At a noodle restaurant in Xiamen, a new chef repeatedly shaves dough into a boiling wok with efficiency and precision. A human simply wouldn't be able to keep up. The robot shaver, capable of making four bowls of noodles a minute, is also inexpensive.

Posted: Jan 8th, 2013

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