(PhysOrg.com) -- Research conducted at the University of Michigan College of Engineering may lead to the use of insects to monitor hazardous situations before sending in humans.
Cobbling together some LEGOs and a smartphone running a custom Android app, Mike Dobson and David Gilday built CubeStormer II , a lean, mean Rubik’s Cube-solving machine.
An anonymous worker at Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant has written dozens of blog posts describing the ups and downs of his experience as one of the lead robot operators at the crippled facility. His blog provides a window into the complex and dangerous work environment faced by the operators, a small group of young technicians who, like other front-line personnel, must approach areas of high radiation, deploying remote-controlled robots to assist with efforts to further stabilize and shut down the plant’s four troubled reactors .
ON SEPTEMBER 18th, 2005, a week after the fourth anniversary of the deadly September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York, Fahad Azad, a 23-year-old from India, was detained at Dubai airport. His metal briefcase had set off a security alarm during a routine baggage inspection. Mr Azad, an automobile-engineering student, must have seen this coming.
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Video: Watch a robot swarm invade from the ground and air (Credit: Marco Dorigo, Mauro Birattari and Rehan O'Grady, Université Libre de Bruxelles)
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GOT a spare $400,000 lying around? Forget buying a house and splash out on your own robot instead. Silicon Valley start-up Willow Garage has put its PR2 robot on general sale.
Last Sunday Reverend Dr. Samuel Wells , Dean of the Chapel at Duke University, departed from his usual sermons on matters of faith to speak about science and religion .