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Video: These ‘micro-machines’ could repair our bodies and clean our oceans

Measuring less than a millimeter wide, these micro-machines are programmable lifeforms that researchers from the University of Vermont and Tufts ...
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This robotic face will wince if you hit it. How does it process pain?

Sensors embedded in soft, artificial skin that can detect both a gentle touch and a painful thump have been hooked ...
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Future of farming: How next-generation robots breed heartier crops and optimize yields

In a research field off Highway 54 last autumn, corn stalks shimmered in rows 40-feet deep. Girish Chowdhary, an agricultural ...
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Meet ‘Tom’: The weed-spotting robot that could slash blanket herbicide spraying

A National Trust estate farm has brought in a robot called Tom to map its weeds. The robot’s mapping capability ...
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Robots gain ‘sense of tactile touch’ through light-based nervous system

This month, a team led by Dr. Rob Shepard at Cornell University [gave robots an artificial nervous system], with a seriously ...
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Weed-pulling robots are here. Can they eliminate chemical herbicides?

Early this year, 85-year-old Bonipak Produce unleashed an orange, 8,000-pound autonomous robot upon its California vegetable fields. It was one ...
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Podcast: Food 5.0—GMOs, robots and the future of farming with agronomist Robert Saik

The high efficiency of modern agriculture has a downside: most consumers don't know the first thing about farming ...
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‘Talking To Robots’: Book takes ‘funny and broad’ look at a fully automated future

In the decade or so since Siri and her compatriots first appeared, we've all gotten pretty used to having conversations ...
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Market for agricultural robots expected to hit $87.9 billion by 2025

A new report by market analysts and consultants Tractica has said that global shipments of robots designed for agricultural use ...
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Will weed-killing robots replace controversial herbicides on the farm?

Weeds are the bane of a farmer’s existence—the “most important of all crop pests,” as one scientist put it. They ...
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Is a robotic dog as good as the real thing?

Scientists have long understood the psychological benefits of computerized companions. Studies have shown they can help combat loneliness among the elderly, motivate students in ...
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3 reasons Mars colonization might be a bad idea

I wanted to look at the case against Mars; three reasons humans should leave the red planet alone. … [T]he first argument ...
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Robots could help autistic children communicate more effectively

As excited or terrified as we might be by the latest advances in robot technology, they’re still far from being ...
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Will glyphosate’s legal troubles pave the way for greater use of robots in agriculture?

Following a major blow in Californian courts recently, widely-used herbicide glyphosate has continued to take a battering, as industry professionals ...
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Robot peer pressure and why we may need to fear ‘artificial stupidity’

When the robot revolution arrives, we all know the plot: Smarter machines will supersede human intelligence and outwit us, enslave ...
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Viewpoint: Using robots to treat autistic children has potential pitfalls

Previous research suggests robots are well received by children with autism spectrum disorders, and there's plenty of anecdotal stories of children ...
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Robot exoskeletons: Medical applications far ahead of military use

Otherwise non-ambulatory people are learning to use robot exoskeletons to get up from their wheelchairs. Military applications portrayed in science ...