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Driving a robot from Space Station

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Meet Justin, an android who will soon be controlled remotely by the astronauts in ESA's Columbus laboratory on the International Space Station. With this and other intriguing experiments like the Eurobot rover, ESA is paving the way for exploring the Moon and planets with tele-operated robots.
In two to three years, the experimental robot on Earth will faithfully mimic the movements of an astronaut on the Space Station.

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Robots develop language to 'talk' to each other

Robots are developing their own language to help them navigate and improve their intellectual ability.
The Lingodroid research project lets robots generate random sounds for the places they visit in both simulations and a real office.
The "words" are shared and the robots play games to establish which sound represents which location.

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An unmanned helicopter, the largest of its kind in China, has successfully completed its first flight, Xinhua reported.
The unmanned helicopter, with a maximum take-off weight of 757 kg, was launched from the flight-test centre of the Weifang Tianxiang Aerospace Industry Co. Ltd. in Shandong province in east China.

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A robot must protect its own existence.

This mid-twentieth-century dictate to the robotic clade from science fiction author and biochemist Isaac Asimov seems cleanly in step with Darwinian theory and the biological world of survival of the fittest.
But as scientists continue to witness animals and other organisms habitually sacrificing themselves for the greater good of their colony or kin, the picture of self-interested behaviour in the natural world has become murkier. Might robots also learn to cooperate for the betterment of their own kind?
They already have. Meet the Alice bots. Some robots have been programmed to help each other out, but these automatons have "evolved" over generations to be more helpful - that is, to like robots.

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Today, Festo has unveiled their 2011 Bionic Learning Network projects, the highlight of which is probably SmartBird.
SmartBird is an ultralight but powerful flight model with excellent aerodynamic qualities and extreme agility. With SmartBird, Festo has succeeded in deciphering the flight of birds - one of the oldest dreams of humankind.
This bionic technology-bearer, which is inspired by the herring gull, can start, fly and land autonomously -- with no additional drive mechanism. Its wings not only beat up and down, but also twist at specific angles. This is made possible by an active articulated torsional drive unit, which in combination with a complex control system attains an unprecedented level of efficiency in flight operation. Festo has thus succeeded for the first time in creating an energy-efficient technical adaptation of this model from nature.





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FIRST Robotics Competition
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When inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen launched his FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics competition two decades ago, he hoped to turn engineering into a contact sport and engineering students into superstars. Judging by the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) held recently in New York City - which included waving mascots, bleachers filled with screaming fans, and dozens of robots throwing down - he has succeeded.
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Developers showcase hummingbird-shaped drone

A project manager has demonstrated a tiny spy plane with flapping wings like a hummingbird.
Matt Keennon of AeroVironment showed off the high-tech device Friday to journalists at company facilities in Simi Valley.
The aircraft with a 6.5-inch wing span can record sights and sounds on a video camera in its belly.

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First robot marathon kicks off in Osaka, Japan

Five knee-high androids have crossed the starting line in the world's first marathon for two-legged robots.
The contest is being held in the Japanese city of Osaka.

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A Lincoln native who became fascinated with space and robotics while watching "Star Wars" as a child has helped build a human-like robot that's being sent to the International Space Station.
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Nano Hummingbird

AV is developing the Nano Air Vehicle (NAV) under a DARPA sponsored research contract to develop a new class of air vehicle systems capable of indoor and outdoor operation. Employing biological mimicry at an extremely small scale, this unconventional aircraft could someday provide new reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities in urban environments.
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