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Robots roam Mount Etna volcano as part of lunar testing ground

A robot wheels across a rocky, windswept landscape that looks like the surface of some distant planet from a science fiction film. But it is not in outer space, it's on the slopes of Europe's most active volcano.
Mount Etna, in Sicily, is a test bed for the approximately one-metre high, four-wheeled machine ahead of a future mission to the moon. It is being conducted by the German Aerospace Centre, the agency which runs Germany's space programme.

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Drone flies with artificial feathers in Switzerland

Engineers at the EPFL Technology Institute in Switzerland have built a drone made with artificial feathers.
It can fly at high speeds, make sharp turns and manoeuvre through tight spaces.

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China returns seized underwater US drone

A US underwater drone seized by the Chinese navy in the contentious South China Sea has now been returned.
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Intelligent machines: Call for a ban on robots designed as sex toys

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Killer robots: Tech experts warn against AI arms race

More than 1,000 tech experts, scientists and researchers have written a letter warning about the dangers of autonomous weapons.
In the latest outcry over "killer robots", the letter warns that "a military AI [artificial intelligence] arms race is a bad idea".
Among the signatories are scientist Stephen Hawking, entrepreneur Elon Musk and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

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Pepper robot to go on sale to public in Japan

Pepper, the humanoid robot that its makers say can recognise and respond to human emotions, goes on sale in Japan this weekend.
SoftBank, the company behind the robot, is planning to release 1,000 robots every month.

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Chinese robofish swim in antarctic water

A China-made robofish has "swum" in antarctic waters for the first time collecting data for polar water quality research, the makers of the submersible said Friday.
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Soft robot to swim through Europa's oceans

An amphibious robot that can swim through the oceans of distant moons and planets could be the next iteration of self-sustaining, robotic space exploration.
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US drone rules impact Amazon plans

The Federal Aviation Authority's (FAA) draft rules for the use of drones in US airspace do not permit Amazon to launch its Amazon Air delivery service.
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Largest ever robot fleet will map the UK's oceans

British scientists are hoping robots will be able to give the most detailed picture yet of life deep below the waterline.
The largest ever fleet of robotic submarines is setting of from the Isles of Scilly to explore the ocean depths. The unmanned boats and submarines will travel 500km across an area off the southwestern tip of the UK.

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