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NASA Creates a Robot that Mimics the Movements of Monkeys

NASA Creates a Robot that Mimics the Movements of Monkeys

From giant mechanical jellyfish and manta rays to birds, the field of robotics is quickly moving up the evolutionary chain. In response to DARPA's Robotics Challenge, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has

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German Researchers Create a Robo-Ape for Work in Space

German Researchers Create a Robo-Ape for Work in Space

The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence has created a robotic system based on an ape that aims to improve the locomotion and mobility characteristics of robots. It is the latest

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IBM and DARPA’s Ultra-High-Speed Digital Data Link Sets Energy Efficiency Record

IBM and DARPA’s Ultra-High-Speed Digital Data Link Sets Energy Efficiency Record

The supercomputers of the future will be capable of amazing feats such as modeling global climate scenarios, running molecular-level simulations of cells, and designing nanostructures. In order to for

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DARPA to Use Shipping Containers to Create Floating Platforms for Disaster Relief

DARPA to Use Shipping Containers to Create Floating Platforms for Disaster Relief

Shipping containers have emerged as a popular material for building everything from backyard retreats to temporary shelters and coffee shops. Now DARPA has harnessed the giant metal boxes for use in

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MIT’s Cheetah Robot Could Soon Match its Real-Life Counterpart in Efficiency

MIT’s Cheetah Robot Could Soon Match its Real-Life Counterpart in Efficiency

Last year, we reported that MIT's cheetah robot broke the speed record for four-legged robots by running at 18mph. Now, MIT researchers say that their robotic version of the wild cat may soon outpace its

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Boston Dynamics Equips BigDog Robot With an Arm Strong Enough to Throw Cinder Blocks

Boston Dynamics Equips BigDog Robot With an Arm Strong Enough to Throw Cinder Blocks

Over the years, robotics company Boston Dynamics has developed a number of robots that take inspiration from nature such as the Cheetah, PETMAN and Rise. Among the most famous of their designs is BigDog,

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Nanomaterials That Split Sunlight into Separate Colors Could Double Solar Cell Efficiency

Nanomaterials That Split Sunlight into Separate Colors Could Double Solar Cell Efficiency

Solar technologies are constantly evolving towards higher efficiencies thanks to the development of materials capable of absorbing more of the sun's visible energy. A new DARPA-funded project explores

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DARPA Plans to Send Robots into Space to Recycle Dead Satellites

DARPA Plans to Send Robots into Space to Recycle Dead Satellites

The Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has helped establish the world’s computer networking and technology in the air, land, sea and space—and now they’re turning their intelligent

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DARPA’s Mule-like Robotic Squad Support System (LS3) Can Carry Up To 400 Pounds!

DARPA’s Mule-like Robotic Squad Support System (LS3) Can Carry Up To 400 Pounds!

DARPA are experts as creating robots, such as the Cheetah, which can reportedly run faster than Usain Bolt. This week, the defense research agency unveiled their two robotic 'pack mule' prototypes known

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DARPA’s Robot Cheetah Can Now Run Faster Than Usain Bolt!

DARPA’s Robot Cheetah Can Now Run Faster Than Usain Bolt!

In March, we reported that Boston Dynamics and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)'s Cheetah bot had shattered the world speed record for legged robots with a running speed of 18 mph. At

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Georgia Tech’s Self-Charging Piezoelectric Power Cell Can Harvest 5X More Energy From Footsteps

Georgia Tech’s Self-Charging Piezoelectric Power Cell Can Harvest 5X More Energy From Footsteps

A team of researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a self-charging power cell that is able to directly convert mechanical energy into chemical energy. The cell then stores the

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MIT Develops Cheap, Lightweight Penny-Sized Microthruster For Satellites

MIT Develops Cheap, Lightweight Penny-Sized Microthruster For Satellites

An associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT has designed a penny-sized rocket thruster that could be used to power the smallest satellites in space. Paulo Lozano's device aims to replace

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Harvard Scientists to Build Endurance-Prolonging Smart Suit for U.S. Military

Harvard Scientists to Build Endurance-Prolonging Smart Suit for U.S. Military

Scientists at Harvard are working toward a “novel wearable system” that could prolong the physical endurance of soldiers in the field. While this may seem a bit too much like they'll be saving

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DARPA’s New Fire Suppression System Extinguishes Fires With Sound!

DARPA’s New Fire Suppression System Extinguishes Fires With Sound!

The geniuses at DARPA are at it again - in the past they have created the internet, designed super fast cheetah robots and next-generation flight systems, and now they've developed a new system that is

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DARPA’S Nano Robot Spy Hummingbird Moves Just Like a Real Bird!

DARPA’S Nano Robot Spy Hummingbird Moves Just Like a Real Bird!

AeroVironment has created a tiny, mechanical, flying bird that borrows from the natural movements of the hummingbird. The Nano Hummingbird is a flying robot created through a program sponsored by DARPA

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DARPA to Start Work on 100-Year Starship Study That Could Give Way to a Greener Life

DARPA to Start Work on 100-Year Starship Study That Could Give Way to a Greener Life

The United States’ Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have done great things in the past - they have aided in the Apollo moon missions, invented the Internet, developed solar blimps and

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Boeing’s Solar Spy Plane Could Fly for Five Years Straight

Boeing’s Solar Spy Plane Could Fly for Five Years Straight

Political correctness aside, Boeing's proposed solar-powered spy plane is really freakin' cool: the company says the plane it's building for the DOD will be able to fly unmanned for five years straight.

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DARPA Reveals Plans for Avatar-Like Flying, Electric Transformer Car

DARPA Reveals Plans for Avatar-Like Flying, Electric Transformer Car

Photo credit: Popular Science We are totally nerd-ing out right now over a new DARPA project. The Department of Defense's research branch wants to merge the best elements of a plane, electric vehicle

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DARPA Unveils Speedy Solar-Powered Smart Blimp

DARPA Unveils Speedy Solar-Powered Smart Blimp

The military often gets to check out exciting green technology before the general public. Case in point: DARPA's new smart blimp, an automated, unmanned airship featuring an advanced radar system, solar

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Pentagon Developing Cost-Competitive Algae For Jet Fuel

Pentagon Developing Cost-Competitive Algae For Jet Fuel

DARPA, the well known research arm of the Pentagon, has just announced that they will soon be able to transform algae into biofuel at costs that are competitive with fossil fuels. The agency is on track

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