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NASA sees its stalled Martian robot, but still no signals

NASA sees its stalled Martian robot, but still no signalsScientists can now see their probe that was lost in a Martian dust storm more than 100 days ago — but the vintage robot hasn’t shown any signs of life.



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Elon Musk Admits His Robot Problem Caused 'Production Hell'

Elon Musk Admits His Robot Problem Caused 'Production Hell'Humans were the answer all along.



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China planning to send robot sub to sunken ship

China planning to send robot sub to sunken shipBEIJING (AP) — China is preparing to send a robot submarine possibly followed by divers to explore and plug holes in a sunken Iranian oil tanker whose 32 crew members are all believed to have died, the Transport Ministry said Wednesday.



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Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactor

Robot finds possible melted fuel inside Fukushima reactorLava-like rocks believed to be melted nuclear fuel have been spotted inside Japan’s stricken Fukushima reactor by an underwater robot, the plant’s operator said at the end of a three-day inspection. Large amounts of the solidified lumps and deposit were spotted for the first time by the robot on the floor of the primary containment vessel underneath the core of Fukushima’s No. 3 reactor, the Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said. “There is a high possibility that the solidified objects are mixtures of melted metal and fuel that fell from the vessel,” a TEPCO spokesman said, adding that the company was planning further analysis of the images.



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Robot finds likely melted fuel heap inside Fukushima reactor

Robot finds likely melted fuel heap inside Fukushima reactorTOKYO (AP) — Images captured by an underwater robot showed massive deposits believed to be melted nuclear fuel covering the floor of a damaged reactor at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.



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Underwater robot probes inside Fukushima reactor

Underwater robot probes inside Fukushima reactorThe operator of Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear plant said Friday it is using an underwater robot in a renewed attempt to inspect damage suffered in a tsunami-induced meltdown. A massive undersea earthquake on March 11, 2011 sent a huge wave barrelling into Japan’s northeast coast, killing more than 18,500 people, and sending three reactors into meltdown at the plant in the worst such accident since Chernobyl in 1986. Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) in February sent a remote-controlled robot into one of three damaged reactors where radiation levels have hit record highs.



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Fukushima Robot Finds Nuclear Fuel Debris ‘Hanging Like Icicles’

Fukushima Robot Finds Nuclear Fuel Debris ‘Hanging Like Icicles’Authorities deployed a robot to enter areas deadly to human beings.



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Swimming Robot Captures Underwater Images of Damaged Fukushima Nuclear Reactor

Swimming Robot Captures Underwater Images of Damaged Fukushima Nuclear ReactorThe reactor was destroyed by a massive March 2011 earthquake and tsunami



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MIT invented a robot that can 3D-print an entire building

MIT invented a robot that can 3D-print an entire building

3D printing has slowly gone from a curious novelty to a totally viable option for creating all kinds of useful things, from chocolate to athletic shoes, and now MIT has invented a way to use the technology to print buildings, too. Given that most 3D printing takes place inside a sealed box, it might be a bit hard to imagine exactly how a structure could be built in such a way, but as you'll see it can most definitely be done.

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The peculiar system is essentially a robotically-controlled arm that sprays an expanding foam which dries hard — kind of like the gap-filling foam you'd buy at a hardware store. The system's sensors detect the hight at which the arm sprays the foam, gradually lifting itself higher as the walls of the structure take shape. In the demo video, the robot is shown building a circular structure with double-thick foam walls supported by internal bracing. The dome was completed in less than 14 hours, which is pretty speedy when you consider it was 12 feet tall and 50 feet across.

The system can even account for doorways, can build walls at varying thicknesses to account for specific climates, and could potentially use other materials which it would harvest from the surrounding area if deployed in a remote area. MIT even notes that, once it's built to be completely autonomous, it would be a great option for sending to the moon or Mars where traditional building materials wouldn't necessarily be available.



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Robot baby schemes may increase teen pregnancy: study

Researchers said the study did not reveal why the girls given the toy babies were more likely to fall pregnant at a young ageElectronic dolls designed to reduce the rate of teenage pregnancy do not work, a new study has found, and may even increase the number of babies born to young mums. The research could influence public health policy in countries where the technique is used, including Australia, the United States and Britain. Around 3,000 youngsters took part in the study in Western Australia over three years from 2003, with researchers tracking their medical records until they reached the age of 20.



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