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These white-hat Twitter bots collaborate to solve chemistry problems

Designed by the U.K.'s University of Glasgow, these chemistry-experiment-performing lab robots carry out research and then share the results with one another using a Twitter account.
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New ‘documentary’ shows SpotMinis trying to survive in a desolate wasteland

In this gripping documentary from video artist Nixolas, watch herds of SpotMinis in the wild as they battle Mother Nature. Once "apex predators,' the creatures now fight for their very existence in a desolate wasteland.

Hackers could seize robots with ransomware, costing companies millions

A recent report explains that hackers could use ransomware to seize robots in corporate, manufacturing, and healthcare environments, costing millions. The attacks take advantage of how robots send and receive data.
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Flippy the burger-flipping robot is now working alongside humans at CaliBurger

Flippy, the world's first burger-flipping robot, has started work at a CaliBurger in Pasadena, California. The robot can deal with up to 300 burgers an hour, and could find itself at 50 more outlets before long.
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HAL robotic exoskeleton from Cyberdyne now available in the U.S.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently gave its stamp of approval to a medical robotic exoskeleton built by the Japanese company Cyberdyne, which can significantly amplify a wearers' strength. It's now available in the U.S.
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Humanoid firefighting robot will go where it’s not safe for humans to venture

Engineers at IIT-Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia have developed Walk-Man, a humanoid emergency responder robot which could be used to assist firefighters. Coming soon to a blaze near you.
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Pollen-dispensing, bee-attracting robo-flower is the coolest art project ever

An Australian artist has created a robo-flower to attract real bees. It might sound crazy, but it's a fascinating example of the way that technology can interact with the natural world.
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Whatever you do, don’t mess with Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini robot

A new video from Boston Dynamics highlights SpotMini's ability to stay focused on a task despite someone trying to push it around. The robot is seen maintaining its balance and opening the door before walking off. By itself.
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Spirit animals: 9 revolutionary robots inspired by real-world creatures

When it comes to solving complex problems in the real world, today's top robot builders often draw on Mother Nature for inspiration. Here are nine of our favorite biomimicking robots.
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Purdue’s microbots are designed to wander around inside your body

Researchers at Purdue University have developed tiny microscale magnetic tumbling robots which could one day be used to deliver targeted doses of drug treatment within the human body.
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Robot skiers race in PyeongChang, but they’re not at Olympic level just yet

The first robot skiing contest took place on the fringes of the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. To be frank, it wasn't the greatest display of robot technology, with teams blaming freezing temperatures.
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Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini robot now has a terrifying appendage

Boston Dynamics is at it again. The team this week unveiled another version of its versatile dog-like SpotMini robot, which once again features a mechanical arm that gives it a whole new set of skills.