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9 HOURS AGO - Huffington Post

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These Flying Robots Play Musical Instruments, And The Effect Is Mesmerizing (VIDEO)

Who knew robots could rock out? In a melodious new video from YouTube user TheDmel, a team of flying six-rotor robots play keyboards, drums, bells, and a sort of one-string slide guitar called a "Diddley bow" to create a surprisingly impressive rendition of "Also Sprach Zarathustra" (used to famous effect in the 1968 sci-fi classic "2001: A Space Odyssey") and ...

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9 HOURS AGO - Sky News

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Obama Gets A Kicking From Robot Soccer Ace

The president, visiting Japan, bows to a humanoid robot and kicks a ball around, but says life-like robots are a "little scary".

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9 HOURS AGO - The Economist

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Mating strategies: Robocopulation

“HOW do robots have sex?” sounds like the set-up line for a bad joke. Yet for Stefan Elfwing, a researcher in the Neural Computation Unit of Japan’s Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST), it is at the heart of discovering how and why multiple (or polymorphic) mating strategies evolve within the same population of a species. Because observing any ...

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10 HOURS AGO - Business Insider

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Here's A Video Of Obama Playing Soccer With A Humanoid Japanese Robot

After stopping at a fancy sushi restaurant in Japan, President Obama went to Tokyo's Miraikan Science Museum to kick a soccer ball with Honda's Asimo humanoid robot. Asimo recently got a suite of upgrades to make the robot more human-like (we profiled them here). Asimo is being developed with the aim of one day being an everyday robot that helps people out ...

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11 HOURS AGO - Business Insider

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17 Emerging Energy Technologies That Will Change The World

Policy Horizons Canada worked with futurist and data visualizer Michell Zappa of Envisioning to produce a report called MetaScan 3: Emerging Technologies and accompanying infographics. We are reproducing the summary for emerging energy technologies. Below are technologies related to energy under three key areas of accelerating change: Storage, Smart grid and Electricity generation. Energy storage involves new, cost-effective ways of ...

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