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The World’s Simplest Drone Has Just One Moving Part

Last year’s DARPA challenge proved that the more complex something is, the more ways there are for it to fail. This applies to drones just as it does to robots. With that thinking in mind, the creators of the Monospinner took a different approach to drone design, building a controllable craft that flies with just a single moving part: its propeller.

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Andrew Liszewski

May 2nd

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These creepy aquatic robot snakes are straight out of ‘The Matrix’

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If you thought the Google-owned Boston Dynamics made the world's most frightening robots, think again. Via Gizmodo, a new collaboration between the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Kongsberg Maritime, and Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil has produced a robotic aquatic snake that really does look like something out of The Matrix. Called the Eelume, the robot was designed to examine and repair underwater structures such as oil wells. This will save money since right now even small underwater repairs are handled by large and expensive vessels that should really only be used to make major repairs.

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Brad Reed

April 19th

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Is this the future? Chinese researchers unveil human-like ‘robot goddess’

Robot Jia Jia
The state of robotics is seemingly moving at warp speed these days. Not only do we have Google's Boston Dynamics division churning out increasingly adept, capable and nimble robots, we're also seeing a discernible improvement in the likeness robots bear to humans. The most recent example of this comes to us via China where university researchers recently unveiled a realistic robot called Jia Jia. Three years in the making, Jia Jia ostensibly looks like a female adult, complete with facial features that can move (she blinks!), realistic facial expressions and human-like hair. Without question, Jia Jia thankfully helps us forget about that eerie looking Scarlett Johansson robot someone built last month.

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Yoni Heisler

April 18th

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The Dinosaurs at Every Museum Should Do This

You can pretend you’re there to marvel at the Egyptian antiquities, but deep down the only reason anyone visits a museum is to check out its dinosaurs. And while a towering T-rex skeleton is impressive, the Melbourne Museum just opened a new exhibit featuring shockingly life-like animatronic dinos.

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Andrew Liszewski

April 15th

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The Dinosaurs at Every Museum Should Do This

You can pretend you’re there to marvel at the Egyptian antiquities, but deep down the only reason anyone visits a museum is to check out its dinosaurs. And while a towering T-rex skeleton is impressive, the Melbourne Museum just opened a new exhibit featuring shockingly life-like animatronic dinos.

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Andrew Liszewski

April 15th

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Long Lost Monster Found in Loch Ness (But Don’t Freak Out)

There’s bad news for Loch Ness Monster truthers, but good news for movie buffs: A recent expedition into the depths of Scotland’s famed lake has uncovered the Nessie replica used in the movie 1970 film The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.

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Sophie Kleeman

April 13th

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If You Have a 3D Printer You Can Make Yourself a Cheap Robotic Lawn Mower

A decent robot mower will set you back a couple thousand dollars, considerably more than the robot vacuum that’s patrolling your living room for dust. But if you’ve got access to a 3D printer and a bit of electronics know-how, you can print and build a robotic mower for a fraction of the cost.

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Andrew Liszewski

April 13th

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Ford’s Testing Its Autonomous Cars in the Dark

If you don’t enjoy driving in the dark, Ford’s latest autonomous car tests will cheer you up. The company’s announced that it’s been successfully testing its cars at nighttime, a scenario that brings its own set of fairly obvious challenges for self-driving vehicles.

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Jamie Condliffe

April 11th

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Alphabet’s secretive Schaft Inc. shows off new bipedal robot in Tokyo

schaftbot There’s a new bot in town (Tokyo, specifically), and while it might not be as cute as Nao, as creepy as Spot and BigDog, or as anthropomorphic as Atlas, it might be more practical than all of them. It walks on two legs, but not like a man, or even a bear. This one, designed by Alphabet-owned Schaft Inc, has its own uniquely robotic form of locomotion. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

April 8th

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A Robot That Spins 3D Webs Is Even Creepier Than a Spider

The one redeeming feature of a spider is that the webs they create are usually too small, or too weak, to entrap a human. But Festo continues to corner the market on unsettling and slightly creepy robots with a machine that can create giant webs and even 3D cocoons that could easily hold a human hostage.

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Andrew Liszewski

April 8th

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