Robotics
Big New Indian Rocket Launches Satellite, Setting Stage for Moon Mission  SPACE.COM · 13 hours
The second orbital flight of India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mk III) lifted off Wednesday (Nov. 14), setting the stage for a robotic... more
Android child's face strikingly expressive  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Android faces must express greater emotion if robots are to interact with humans more effectively. Researchers tackled this challenge as they upgraded their android child head, named Affetto. They precisely examined Affetto's facial surface points and the precise... more
Electronic skin points the way north  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Researchers have developed an electronic skin (e-skin) with magnetosensitive capabilities, sensitive enough to detect and digitize body motion in the Earth's magnetic field. As this e-skin is extremely thin and malleable, it can easily be affixed... more
VW wants to storm car market with cheaper electric model  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Volkswagen intends to invest 44 billion euros ($50 billion) in the electric and autonomous car technologies expected to reshape the industry—and said it would make battery-powered vehicles more... more
VW wants to storm car market with mass-market electric model  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
German automaker Volkswagen says it will invest 44 billion euros ($50 billion) to develop autonomous and electric cars and expand the appeal of battery-powered vehicles by selling its... more
Researchers make android child's face strikingly more expressive  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Japan's affection for robots is no secret. But is the feeling mutual in the country's amazing androids? Roboticists are now a step closer to giving androids greater facial expressions to communicate with. more
Development of a humanoid robot prototype, HRP-5P, capable of heavy labor  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Researchers have developed a humanoid robot prototype, HRP-5P, intended to autonomously perform heavy labor or work in hazardous environments. more
Clams and cockles, sentinels of the environmental status of Nicaraguan coasts  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
In collaboration with the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua, a research group from the UPV/EHU's Plentzia Marine Station has studied the bivalves in the mangroves on... more
BlackBerry to Buy Cyber-security Firm Cylance for $1.4 Billion  Gadgets 360 · 1 day
BlackBerry, which dominated the smartphone market a decade ago, has shifted to selling software to manage mobile devices, as well as emerging areas like autonomous cars. more
Ford's autonomous cars on the streets of Miami - Roadshow  CNET · 2 days
Miami is one of the most colorful cities on the planet, but soon it's getting a little more automated. more
Graphene flickers at 400Hz in 2500ppi displays  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
With virtual reality (VR) sizzling in every electronic fair, there is a need for displays with higher resolution, frame rates and power efficiency. Now, a joint collaboration of researchers from SCALE Nanotech, Graphenea and... more
Robot vacuums, Philips Hue smart lights, and more are all discounted today  Windows Central · 2 days
Whether you're looking for new tech gear or household items, we've got you covered. There's never a shortage of deals available, but sorting through... more
Electronic skin points the way north  nanowerk · 2 days
Researchers have developed an electronic skin (e-skin) with magnetosensitive capabilities, sensitive enough to detect and digitize body motion in the Earth's magnetic field. As this e-skin is extremely thin and malleable, it can easily be affixed... more
Google's Alphabet gives up on rescue robots  BBC · 2 days
The technology giant will close its Schaft robotics division after failing to find a buyer. more
Lyft launches default tipping, rating protections and more to keep drivers happy  TechCrunch · 2 days
Until autonomous vehicles are here, ride-hailing companies like Lyft and Uber have to attract and retain human drivers if they hope to sustain their... more
Alphabet shutting down bipedal robot company Schaft bought in 2013 robotics spree  9to5Google · 2 days
Back in 2013, Google went on a robotics shopping spree with seven acquisitions that included Boston Dynamics and a company called Schaft. That effort... more
RPA startup Automation Anywhere nabs $300M from SoftBank at a $2.6B valuation  TechCrunch · 2 days
The market for RPA — Robotic Process Automation — is getting a hat trick of news this week: Automation Anywhere has today announced that... more
EU US Roadmap Nanoinformatics 2030  nanowerk · 2 days
Scientists with different scientific backgrounds, working in the field of nanotechnology, have cooperated with the main objective to provide as broad an overview as possible about the young and rapidly evolving field of nanoinformatics. more
Apex.ai raises $15.5 million for autonomous vehicle software  TechCrunch · 2 days
Apex.ai is emerging out of stealth today with quite the claim — an operating system for autonomous vehicles that will never fail Founded by long-time automated systems engineers Jan Becker and Dejan... more
Feeling the pressure with universal tactile imaging  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Touch, or tactile sensing, is fundamentally important for a range of real-life applications, from robotics to surgical medicine to sports science. Tactile sensors are modeled on the biological sense of touch and can help... more
Meet the people hacking their bodies for better sex - CNET  CNET · 2 days
For a small, bold subset of "grinders," the next sexual revolution may come from supercharging the body, cyborg-style. more
Hot tech toy trends for 2018 video - CNET  CNET · 2 days
Looking for something cool for kids this holiday? Bridgie the Elf has the scoop on the latest robot pet tricks, a programmable Avengers gauntlet and how to capture Hot Wheels... more
Hot tech toys for 2018 include robots... that poo? - CNET  CNET · 2 days
You may find some surprises with this year’s popular tech toys for kids. more
Ford isn't winning the self-driving car race, but that's OK - Roadshow  CNET · 2 days
Join us for a trip to Miami where Ford and Argo AI are demonstrating the current state of their self-driving cars. They're not ready... more
Ford isn't winning the self-driving car race, but that's okay - Roadshow  CNET · 3 days
Join us for a trip to Miami where Ford and Argo AI are demonstrating the current state of their self-driving cars. They're not ready... more
Join us for a ride in Ford's prototype self-driving car video - Roadshow  CNET · 3 days
Self-driving cars aren't quite ready for prime-time, but we're getting close and Ford's work with Argo AI in Miami is helping get... more
Google shuts down bipedal robot team Schaft  THE VERGE · 3 days
Google continues to scale back its robot ambitions with the news that it’s shutting down Schaft, a little-known Japanese robotics team purchased... more
Nepal's first robot waiter is ready for orders  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
"Please enjoy your meal," says Nepal's first robot waiter, Ginger, as she delivers a plate of steaming dumplings to a table of hungry customers. more
Google is closing its Schaft robotics unit after failing to find a buyer  TechCrunch · 3 days
Sad news for anyone into giant robots: Google is closing down Schaft, its secretive unit that develops bipedal robots aimed at helping out... more
[Editors' Choice] Exosomal microRNA: The revolutionary endogenous Innerspace nanotechnology  Science Magazine · 3 days
T lymphocytes release exosomes containing specific microRNAs that cause apoptosis of pancreatic β cells in type 1 diabetes. more
Self-flying camera drone Hover 2 hits Kickstarter  TechCrunch · 3 days
Two years after launching the original Hover, Zero Zero Robotics has returned for the sequel. In spite of landing a $25 million Series A back in 2016, the startup is going to the crowdfunding... more
‘Software robot’ startup UiPath expands Series C to $265M at a $3B valuation  TechCrunch · 3 days
UiPath, a startup that works in the growing area of RPA, or robotic process automation — where AI-based software is used to... more
Robots in sewers will save society millions  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
In the future the country's sewer systems will be inhabited by surveillance robots. Using robots, big data and artificial intelligence (AI), a new Danish research project will save hundreds of millions of kroner on... more
What Does Sunrise on Mars Sound Like? Listen Here.  SPACE.COM · 3 days
Thanks to our robotic emissaries, we humans know what a sunrise on Mars looks like without ever having set foot on the Red Planet ourselves — but what does it... more
Ford teaming up with Walmart and Postmates on robot deliveries  THE VERGE · 3 days
Ford is joining forces with Walmart and Postmates to create a grocery delivery service using self-driving... more
Waymo Ready to Expand Self-Driving Car Service Beyond the 400 'Early Riders’  Gadgets 360 · 4 days
Waymo will open the service up to more people and give riders "more autonomy" in what they can do with it. more
Ford partners with Walmart and Postmates to test autonomous grocery delivery  TechCrunch · 4 days
Ford is partnering with Walmart and Postmates to test the business of delivering goods like groceries and pet food using self-driving vehicles. The pilot project is... more
Waymo to expand fledgling self-driving car service  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
A self-driving car service being tested by Alphabet-owned Waymo will be opened up to more people in the Phoenix, Arizona, area, chief John Krafcik said Tuesday. more
NIH awards $3.5 million to continue development of robotic system for treating brain tumors  NEWS MEDICAL · 4 days
Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Albany Medical College, along with corporate partners GE Global Research and Acoustic MedSystems Inc., have received... more
Waymo CEO: Autonomous cars won't ever be able to drive in all conditions - CNET  CNET · 4 days
And it will be decades before self-driving cars are all over the roads, John Krafcik says. more
Mapping the night  ESA · 4 days
Human and robotic exploration image of the week: Astronaut photos of Earth from space shine a light on light pollution more
RideCell expands funding round to $60 million  TechCrunch · 4 days
RideCell, a transportation software startup, has doubled its previously announced Series B funding round to $60 million, a sign that investors believe demand for cloud-based mobility platforms will grow as more companies try to scale... more
Nanotribological printing - a novel 3D nanotechnology fabrication technique  nanowerk · 4 days
A novel nanoscale additive manufacturing technique termed Nanotribological Printing creates structures through tribomechanical and tribochemical surface interactions at the contact between a substrate and an atomic force microscope probe, where... more
Driverless cars will make you sick – but there's a fix  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Driverless cars will usher in a transport utopia, at least according to many of their proponents. Concept art for these futuristic vehicles often show passengers sat... more
How machine learning systems sometimes surprise us  TechCrunch · 5 days
This simple spreadsheet of machine learning foibles may not look like much but it’s a fascinating exploration of how machines “think.” The list, compiled by researcher Victoria Krakovna, describes various situations in which robots... more
Universal Robots snags 20 Rethink refugees after bot maker goes belly up  TechCrunch · 5 days
A mind is a terrible thing to waste, they say, and in the aftermath of Rethink Robotics shutting down last month there were plenty... more
'Tinkering' children make robots, planes and catapults  BBC · 5 days
Primary pupils in Manchester take on design projects to boost creativity and problem solving skills. more
Self-driving cars could be the brothels of the future, UK researchers say - Roadshow  CNET · 5 days
A new study outlines the effects that autonomous cars could have on tourism -- even the seedier parts. more
Simplifying life for diabetics with a nanotechnology breakthrough  nanowerk · 5 days
Scientists have developed a means of printing transistor-based glucose sensors directly onto a catheter attached to a wearable pump. Diabetics can program the pump to deliver insulin and glucagon, the hormones they... more
iFixit Shares Full Teardown of 11-Inch iPad Pro and New Apple Pencil  MacRumors · 5 days
Following teardowns of the new MacBook Air and Mac mini, the repair experts at iFixit have today published their teardown of the 11-inch iPad... more
How to drive a robot on Mars  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Some 78 million miles (126 million kilometers) from Earth, alone on the immense and frigid Red Planet, a robot the size of a small 4x4 wakes up just after sunrise. And just as it... more
How to Drive a Robot on Mars  Gadgets 360 · 6 days
At NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, about two dozen men and women make up the team that drives Curiosity. more
Teaching robots body language offers common ground for humans and machines  THE VERGE · 6 days
Anyone who’s been up close and personal with an industrial robot will tell you... more
Scientists Capture the Sound of Sunrise on Mars  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
Scientists have created the soundtrack of the 5,000th Mars sunrise captured by the robotic exploration rover, Opportunity, using data sonification... more
NASA's Curiosity Rover on Mars Is Rolling (and Drilling) Again  SPACE.COM · 1 week
After suffering a couple technical glitches that put NASA's Curiosity rover off its duties on Mars, the robotic explorer is back to work, having driven to a new... more
Overlord is a gloriously entertaining piece of B-movie schlock  THE VERGE · 1 week
For some people, labeling a film as a B-movie is a crushing bit of condescension, but for others,... more
Roborace ditches driverless car for first season - Roadshow  CNET · 1 week
It will instead use a modified version of its development car, which has space for a human. more
Scientists capture the sound of sunrise on Mars  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Scientists have created the soundtrack of the 5,000th Mars sunrise captured by the robotic exploration rover, Opportunity, using data sonification techniques to create a two-minute piece of music. more
Cellphone combined with nanotechnology to detect HIV viruses  nanowerk · 1 week
Scientists have designed a portable and affordable mobile diagnostic tool, utilizing a cellphone and nanotechnology, with the ability to detect HIV viruses and monitor its management in resource-limited regions. more
Burgerbot startup Creator hires inventor of Boston Dynamics’ Big Dog  TechCrunch · 1 week
Disney Imagineering animatronics wizard Dr. Martin Buehler is a legend in the robotics world. His work leading development of the galloping Big Dog quadruped at Boston Dynamics both... more
Waymo Safety Driver Collides With Motorcyclist; Company Says Self-Driving Minivan Would Have Done Better  Gadgets 360 · 1 week
The motorcyclist was hospitalised, and Waymo said "we're sorry that a member of the community was injured in a collision... more
Robots Might Build Our Houses on Mars  Gadgets 360 · 1 week
The 3D-printed Habitat Challenge is a five-year competition hosted by NASA and its partners to design housing for deep-space exploration, including trips to Mars. more
Robots as carers? First we need to assess the pros and cons  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
If you have seen science fiction television series such as Humans or Westworld, you might be imagining a near future where intelligent, humanoid robots... more
These concept microbots could remove cholesterol deposits video - CNET  CNET · 1 week
A concept for tiny robots shows how they could travel through arteries to remove blockages and save lives. more
Healing kidneys with nanotechnology  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Researchers have developed a new method for treating and preventing acute kidney injury. Their technique involves the use of tiny, self-assembling forms measuring just billionths of a meter in diameter. more
Bees on the brink  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Using an innovative robotic platform to observe bees' behavior, researchers showed that, following exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides -- the most commonly-used class of pesticides in agriculture -- bees spent less time nursing larvae and were less social that other bees.... more
Neonicotinoid exposure disrupts bumblebee nest behavior, social networks, and thermoregulation  Science Magazine · 1 week
Neonicotinoid pesticides can negatively affect bee colonies, but the behavioral mechanisms by which these compounds impair colony growth remain unclear. Here, we investigate imidacloprid’s effects on bumblebee worker... more
Abbyy looks to RPA to breathe new life into scanning and workflow  TechCrunch · 1 week
Abbyy has been around for a long time helping companies with scanning and workflow tools, but like many older vendors it has been looking... more
Designer Brings iMac G3 to Life With Cute iBot G3 Toy  MacRumors · 1 week
Hong Kong-based designer Philip Lee turns Apple's Macs into figurines, and his latest project,... more
Abbyy looks to RPA to breathe new life in to scanning and workflow  TechCrunch · 1 week
Abbyy has been around for a long time helping companies with scanning and workflow tools, but like many older vendors it has... more
Self-driving Mercedes-Benz S Class sedans are coming to San Jose  TechCrunch · 1 week
Another autonomous ride-hailing test project has popped up in the U.S. This time, Daimler and Bosch, one of the largest automotive tech and hardware suppliers in the world, are... more
Healing kidneys with nanotechnology  nanowerk · 1 week
Researchers describe a new method for treating and preventing acute kidney injury. Their technique involves the use of self-assembling nanostructures. more
Healing kidneys with nanotechnology  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Each year, there are some 13.3 million new cases of acute kidney injury (AKI), a serious affliction. Formerly known as acute renal failure, the ailment produces a rapid buildup of nitrogenous wastes and decreases urine output, usually within hours or... more
Driving autonomous cars off the beaten path  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Autonomous vehicles can follow the general rules of American roads, recognizing traffic signals and lane markings, noticing crosswalks and other regular features of the streets. But they work only on well-marked roads that are... more
Bats versus dolphins – the ultimate battle of sonar systems  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Active sensors are incorporated into a number of technologies, such as meteorology devices and self-driving cars, and use the echo from sound, radio or light waves to locate... more
Micropumps as a platform for understanding chemically propelled micromotors  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The development of self-propelled micro- and nanomachines able to emulate the intricate inner workings of the human body and/or the natural environment has captured the imagination of an ever expanding... more
Artificial sensor mimics human sense of touch  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A team of researchers have developed an artificial tactile sensor that mimics the ability of human skin to detect surface information, such as shapes, patterns and structures. This may be one step closer to... more
Climate change: Bug covered 'bionic mushroom' generates clean energy  BBC · 1 week
Mushrooms for lunch inspire scientists to try to generate electricity from a fungus covered in bacteria. more
20 startups take center stage at Berkeley SkyDeck’s demo day  TechCrunch · 1 week
A robot that can clean your house, a blockchain-powered social network and 18 other startups presented to investors at SkyDeck's 8th demo day. more
Japanese Cargo Ship Departs Space Station. Next Stop: Oblivion.  SPACE.COM · 1 week
A robotic Japanese cargo ship cast off from the International Space Station Wednesday (Nov. 7) for a weekend date with oblivion to wrap up a successful resupply mission to the... more
Autonomous vehicles could shape the future of urban tourism  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
In a new study, researchers examine how Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) may have a substantial impact on the future of urban tourism. more
Bionic Mushrooms Covered in Cyanobacteria Produce Bio-Electricity  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
A team of researchers at the Stevens Institute of Technology has developed bionic mushrooms patterned with energy-producing cyanobacterial colonies and an electrode... more
Apple’s Clips app gains six Selfie Scenes, Incredibles 2 content, much more  9to5Mac · 1 week
Apple’s Clips app for iPhone and iPad has been updated with new creative assets including content from Pixar’s Incredibles 2 movie. The latest update... more
Autonomous shape-shifting robots have arrived (What the Future) video - CNET  CNET · 1 week
In this week's What The Future, Elon Musk walks through the Boring Company's new LA tunnel. We also look at a robot that changes its shape... more
Autonomous vehicles could shape the future of urban tourism  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
In the first study of its kind, published in the Annals of Tourism Research, academics from the University of Surrey and the University of Oxford have examined how Autonomous Vehicles... more
What the new Congress means for space, self-driving cars, and regulating Facebook  THE VERGE · 1 week
Last night, Democrats claimed the majority in the House of Representatives, and Republicans were able to keep a stronghold over the Senate, making some... more
Fire ant colonies could inspire molecular machines, swarming robots  nanowerk · 1 week
Think of it as mathematics with a bite: Researchers have uncovered the statistical rules that govern how gigantic colonies of fire ants form bridges, ladders and floating rafts. The findings... more
Nanotechnology-based immunotherapy that promotes organ transplant acceptance  nanowerk · 1 week
Researchers have developed a novel type of immunotherapy based on innovative nanotechnology that induces long-term organ transplant acceptance in mice. Their study could transform patient care and help to overcome barriers that prevent successful... more
3D-printed bionic mushrooms fuse nanotechnology, bacteria and fungi  nanowerk · 1 week
Researchers take an ordinary white button mushroom and supercharge it with clusters of tightly-packed cyanobacteria and swirls of graphene nanoribbons to make electricity. more
Drones
Development of a humanoid robot prototype, HRP-5P, capable of heavy labor
PHYS.ORG
Google shuts down bipedal robot team Schaft
THE VERGE
Feeling the pressure with universal tactile imaging
PHYS.ORG
Alphabet shutting down bipedal robot company Schaft bought in 2013 robotics spree
9to5Google
Top 5 things you'll do in a self-driving car - Roadshow
CNET
Teaching robots body language offers common ground for humans and machines
THE VERGE
Scientists capture the sound of sunrise on Mars
PHYS.ORG
Overlord is a gloriously entertaining piece of B-movie schlock
THE VERGE
Apple’s Clips app gains six Selfie Scenes, Incredibles 2 content, much more
9to5Mac
Watch tiny robots swim through an eyeball to deliver medicine
Science Magazine
Physicists name and codify new field in nanotechnology: 'electron quantum metamaterials'
PHYS.ORG
Overwatch gets a McCree animated short and new character called Ashe
THE VERGE
Reef RangerBot becomes 'LarvalBot' to spread coral babies
PHYS.ORG
A new robot decides how and when to transform to get the job done
SCIENCE-NEWS
FLOURISH: User-focused driverless car project releases latest research findings
PHYS.ORG
How to mass produce cell-sized robots
PHYS.ORG