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Mining Riches Beneath the Sea

When it comes to mining our planet for vital minerals and ores, we've only scratched the surface. Literally. Untold trillions of dollars' worth of resources await beneath the ocean floor. Until now, extracting them economically was impossible. Robotics changes the...

Autonomous Snake-Like Robots May Patrol Israeli Danger Zones

Researcher Amir Shapiro started out believing that robotics was solely about fun and games. So, during his student years, he designed robots that could play soccer and dance. Today, as director of the Robotics Lab at Ben-Gurion University of the...

Alternative-Energy Robots

Alternative-Energy Robots

Enter hydrogen fuel cells as a possible alternative. Based in Folsom, Calif., Jadoo Power Systems Inc. is one company that's already applying what is essentially off-the-shelf fuel-cell componentry to military robotic applications. Last year, the company, working with the U.S....

Robotics and North America’s Manufacturing Renaissance

There’s been a lot of talk in the press lately about a return of manufacturing from China to the North America. Higher wages in China, higher fuel-related transportation costs, and a demand for higher quality are among the chief reasons...