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June 12, 2014
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US robotics students show their machines' football moves to celebrate the start of the 2014 World Cup and prepare the upcoming "Robocup". Duration 01:09 Video provided by AFP


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Deutsche Welle (Sep. 2, 2013) — More than 25 percent of children across the planet lack access to electricity. A much higher percentage enjoys playing football. Two students from Boston, Jessica Mathews and Julia Silverman, put two and two together and developed a football that transforms energy into lite. It takes just half an hour of playing football to produce three hours of lite. The plan is to have the football manufactured in countries where lack of lite is an acute problem.
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Fukushima Disaster Tests Mettle of Local Robot Makers

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Reuters (Dec. 28, 2012) — Despite being recognized as a world leader in robot design, Japan is playing catch-up to develop robots capable of dealing with the crippled nuclear power plant in Fukushima. Authorities have had to rely on American-made machines to assess the damage inside the reactors. But now the country's big three manufacturers are building their own versions of durable, remote-controlled robots for hazardous environments.
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Coming Soon: Service Robots for Home or Work

Coming Soon: Service Robots for Home or Work

AP (Mar. 20, 2014) — Service oriented robots made their debut at the Innorobo trade show in France. The robots can navigate large crowds and identify objects for human owners. (March 20) Video provided by AP
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The Physics Behind Oracle's America's Cup Victory

The Physics Behind Oracle's America's Cup Victory

FORA.tv (Oct. 4, 2013) — The Physics Behind Oracle's America's Cup Victory California Academy of Sciences - African Hall Why go fast? Compared to moving slowly, the advantages seem obvious: find food first, forage more widely, and escape more rapidly! But, in the water, being speedier incurs huge energetic costs, with moving a little bit faster skyrocketing the amount of fuel you need. This trade-off between speed and energy propels the evolutionary race for fish, robots, or sailboats: you have to find ways to go faster with ever-greater efficiency. Over generations, the evolutionary race can produce biological and engineering surprises: distantly related fish and boat hulls that have similar streamlined shapes, materials and construction techniques that manage to both stiffen and lighten bodies and hulls, specialization of propulsive systems, and constraints on making turns and tight maneuvers. While the evolutionary processes employed by nature and engineers are similar, there are important differences in how fish or boats are built. For both kinds of designers, the laws of evolution and physics interact to create and constrain the drive for speed. Dr Long will discuss how robotics research lab studies fast fish! A book signing will follow the talk for Dr. Long's latest book titled Darwin's Devices: What Evolving Robots Can Teach Us About the History of Life and the Future of Technology.
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