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Robots are best suited to jobs that are too dirty, dull, or dangerous for humans. From utility line inspections and autonomous trucks to undersea exploration, we look at how robotics is used in this industry.

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UAS Research in Northern Greenland Opens Opportunities for Drone Business

UAS research in Denmark has supported deployment of drones to North Greenland for Arctic studies. The collaboration between university, government, and business partners is a model for European and international drone commercialization.

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Millionaires? Club to Fund Robotic Space Missions

Millionaires? Club to Fund Robotic Space Missions

A group of high-tech tycoons wants to mine nearby asteroids, hoping to turn science fiction into real profits. The mega-million dollar plan is to use commercially built robotic ships to squeeze rocket fuel and valuable minerals like platinum and gold...

Frontline Military Technology Promises Battery Revolution

Frontline Military Technology Promises Battery Revolution

Scientists at BAE Systems have successfully demonstrated the most radical method of storing electricity since the invention of batteries over 200 years ago. The technological breakthrough, called ?structural batteries? may lead to a redesign of all electrical technology and could...

Bluefin Robotics Acquires Hawkes Remotes

Bluefin Robotics Acquires Hawkes Remotes

Bluefin Robotics, a provider of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) in Quincy, Mass., has acquired the assets of Port Richmond, Calif.-based Hawkes Remotes Inc, a spinoff from Hawkes Ocean Technologies that develops remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). Bluefin aims to add hybrid...

The French Nuke-Bot Arsenal

Like Japan, France is heavily reliant on nuclear energy. But unlike Japan, it has a fleet of robots that stand ready to tackle accidents at the country’s 59 nuclear plants. The Group of Robotics Intervention on Accidents (INTRA) is part...

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...