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Engineering Newswire 121: The Navy's Newest Hovercraft

December 18, 2014 11:54 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’ve hovering over land and sea in the navy’s newest ship-to-shore connector, 3D printing a comfortable dress, and giving a dog the opportunity to run free for the first time ...      

Getting Robot Responders into Shape

December 17, 2014 4:34 pm | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Sandia National Laboratories is tackling one of the biggest barriers to the use of robots in...

Controlling a Robotic Arm With the Mind

December 17, 2014 9:30 am | by University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | News | Comments

In another demonstration that brain-computer interface technology has the potential to improve...

Leading Army Researcher Speaks on Future of Autonomous Vehicles

December 16, 2014 4:50 pm | by TARDEC Public Affairs | News | Comments

Army Technology Magazine interviewed Dr. Paul D. Rogers, director of the U.S. Army Tank...

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Robot Stick Insect Takes Its First Steps

December 16, 2014 1:40 pm | by Bielefeld University | News | Comments

A research team at Bielefeld University has succeeded in teaching the only robot of its kind in the world how to walk. Its first steps have been recorded in a video. You can watch them in Bielefeld University’s latest posting on ...  

CompuGirls Project Teaches Girls Computational, Technical Skills

December 15, 2014 11:10 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

If one of the keys to building a future technology workforce is finding new ways to engage women and minorities in computer science, giving teenage girls an understanding of what the field is, and how they might contribute, matters ...  

STEM Education With Sandboxes & Robots

December 15, 2014 10:06 am | by William Lovell, CEO, c-Link Systems, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The young people that do have some direction only have dollar signs for the most part as a driving force. Not the best idea for the future. As a business owner I watch the market and labor pools and check the statistics on manufacturing, which over ...


Robotic Surgery Successfully Removes Head & Neck Tumors

December 12, 2014 9:26 am | by University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences | News | Comments

In a groundbreaking new study, UCLA researchers have for the first time advanced a surgical technique performed with the help of a robot to successfully access a previously-unreachable area of the head and neck. This pioneering method can ...

Attacking Ebola With Robots, Software, Remote Controls

December 11, 2014 1:22 pm | by GE Reports | News | Comments

Treating an infectious disease like the Ebola virus is fraught with dangers for both victims and their caretakers. Ebola's fatality rate can reach 70 percent and an errant drop of blood, vomit or other bodily fluid can turn a nurse or a ...

Early Adoption of Robotic Surgery Leads to Organ Preservation for Kidney Cancer Patients

December 11, 2014 11:26 am | by NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine | News | Comments

Patients with operable kidney cancers were more likely to have a partial nephrectomy - the recommended treatment for localized tumors - when treated in hospitals that were early adopters of robotic surgery, according to a new study ...  

The Workforce Crisis of 2030 & How to Start Solving it Now

December 11, 2014 9:32 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

It sounds counterintuitive, but by 2030, many of the world's largest economies will have more jobs than adult citizens to do those jobs. In this data-filled — and quite charming — talk, human resources expert Rainer Strack suggests ...  

Two Robots, One Challenge, Endless Possibility

December 10, 2014 9:37 am | by NASA | News | Comments

To the theme song of "2001: A Space Odyssey," a robot with a twisty spine rolled toward Thomas Rosenbaum, the new president of the California Institute of Technology, on Oct. 24, as he stood on a stage at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory ...


Photos of the Day: Ape-Like Robot Moves Around on 4 Limbs

December 10, 2014 9:36 am | by NASA | News | Comments

RoboSimian is an ape-like robot that moves around on four limbs designed. It was designed and built at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California ...                       

Why Employees Leave Their Jobs

December 8, 2014 9:50 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

With fewer Baby Boomers retiring after years of economic uncertainty and more Millennials beginning their careers, today’s workforce is divided almost evenly between Millennials, Generation X and Boomers. The diverse makeup of ... 

U.S. Adds 321,000 Jobs, the Most in Nearly 3 Years

December 5, 2014 10:23 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A burst of U.S. hiring in November — the most in nearly three years — added 321,000 jobs and provided the latest evidence that the United States is outperforming other economies throughout the developed world ...      

Robot Control Theory Applied to Improve Prosthetic Legs

December 4, 2014 12:38 pm | by University of Texas at Dallas | News | Comments

A University of Texas at Dallas professor applied robot control theory to enable powered prosthetics to dynamically respond to the wearer’s environment and help amputees walk. In research available online and in an upcoming print issue of ...

The First Artificially Intelligent Cat Toy

December 4, 2014 12:26 pm | by University of Illinois | News | Comments

The toy will understand its environment and learns cats' behavior as they play. The toy then adapts to match that play style. The goal: to make the most engaging toy on the market that allows cats to hunt naturally. The team members ...  


Brainstorm: Manufacturing (Part 3)

December 3, 2014 9:11 am | by Daniel Theobald, Vecna Co-Founder & CTO | Blogs | Comments

The continuous and future integration of autonomous solutions in manufacturing will result in mass production in quantities of one. This means that every product will be designed and customized for local needs, and produced on-demand by ...

Looking for Life on Mars

December 3, 2014 9:00 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Articles | Comments

In 2020, a new rover will land on Mars. Equipped with an updated set of scientific instruments, the Mars 2020 Rover will be the first to document samples for future return to Earth. “The rover was designed with heritage from the Mars Science ...

Brainstorm: Manufacturing (Part 2)

December 2, 2014 12:43 pm | by Bill L. Barrett, Sales/Marketing Manager, Gemco Manufacturing | Gemco Manufacturing Co., Inc. | Blogs | Comments

Robots used in manufacturing have been with us for quite a few years already – certainly the automotive manufacturers have made use of robots for welding, and many manufacturers of auto body parts have been using robots for handling raw ...

Squishy, Morphing Gripper Grabs Anything

December 2, 2014 9:50 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Articles | Comments

Empire Robotics, a Cornell University technology spinout, is comprised of engineers and researchers that specialize in soft robotics. The company has created a new end-of-arm robotic gripper called the Versaball that is grabbing the ...  

Photos of the Day: Squishy, Robotic Gripper Deflates to Grab Objects

December 2, 2014 9:49 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | News | Comments

The Versaball’s granular jamming technology uses an air pump to grip and release. When air is sucked out of the manipulator, the granular material inside the gripper vacuum packs around an object. The object then releases when the ...  

Brainstorm: Manufacturing

December 2, 2014 9:22 am | by Chris Marchand, Manufacturing Engineer, East Coast Precision Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

In the Product Design & Development Brainstorm we talk with industry leaders to get their perspective on issues critical to the design engineering marketplace. In this issue, we ask: How will the continuous and future integration of ... 

November/December: Looking for Life on Mars

December 2, 2014 9:11 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue: Not in My House: Many people have expressed concerns about robots taking our jobs, and it has been a topic that has garnered heated conversation in the comments sections on ...

An Eel-lectrifying Future for Autonomous Underwater Robots

December 1, 2014 1:02 pm | by World Scientific | News | Comments

On October 24, 2014, Sweden called off the hunt for a submarine after a week-long underwater search in the Stockholm archipelago. Triggered by a reported sighting of a Russian submarine, the alleged 'invasion' had been widely anticipated by ...

Next-Gen Navigation Systems Change the Scope of Robot Deployment

December 1, 2014 10:41 am | by Daniel Theobald, Vecna Co-Founder & CEO | Articles | Comments

Robots are all around us every day, in automated gas pumps, bank ATMs, and self-service checkout lanes – machines are already automating our world. They are also working behind the scenes, and now, navigation systems have made them ...  

Not in My House

December 1, 2014 10:32 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

This month’s edition of PD&D covers robotics in many different applications (see page 14, 20, 22, and 26). It also happens to be my first month as the lead editor, so you may have noticed that David is missing from his traditional spot ...

Amazon's New Robot Army is Ready to Ship

December 1, 2014 9:58 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A year ago, workers like 34-year-old Rejinaldo Rosales hiked miles of aisles each shift to "pick" each item a customer ordered and prepare it for shipping. Now the e-commerce giant boasts that it has boosted efficiency ...  

MIT Engineers Have High Hopes for Cheetah Robot

December 1, 2014 9:52 am | by Rodrique Ngowi, Associate Press | News | Comments

It's a robot unlike any other: inspired by the world's fastest land animal, controlled by video game technology and packing nifty sensors — including one used to maneuver drones, satellites and ballistic missiles. The robot, called the cheetah ...

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