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Drones on Defense: How the Robots Protect Nature
07/23/14 — Drones have gotten a bad rap in the press lately. But there is a whole other dimension to the robotic planes, and that’s the good they can do to help, not hurt, what most mainstream minds freely acknowledge is very vulnerable – the environment. As The New York Times reports: "The military use of armed drones is well known and contentious. But the use of much smaller unmanned planes, closer in size to the remote-controlled planes hobbyists fly, is spreading into all sorts of areas, particularly when they are equipped with cameras. Drones have been used to monitor seabird populations…


Marines Test LS3 Robot Mule During RIMPAC
07/16/14 — This summer's Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC), the world's largest international maritime warfare exercise, is nothing new, but one of the soldiers is. That's because the soldier is a robot – the latest and greatest from Boston Dynamics, DARPA and Google. As a news release explains, "The LS3 is experimental technology being tested by the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab during the Advanced Warfighting Experiment. It is programmed to follow an operator through terrain, carrying heavy loads like water and food … There are multiple technologies being tested during RIMPAC, the largest maritime exercise in the Pacific region. This year's RIMPAC…



Racing Robots Contend for First Place
07/10/14 — Fast robots have numerous potential practical applications. “Outside of just being cool, running robots are of high interest to the military,” says Element 14, the design engineer community for sharing electronic engineering solutions. “Having a speedy, remote-controlled robot means more precise attacks without putting soldiers in harm’s way. There has…

Researchers Create UK’s First Robot Security Guard
07/03/14 — G4S, the world's largest provider of security officers, has a new autonomous robot called Bob that is now patrolling its offices in England. Bob is there to monitor the environment, make suren doors are properly closed and gather other information. Bob is completely autonomous, stands 5 feet 10 inches tall…

Duke Adds Robotic Weapon System for Helicopters
06/25/14 — Israel-based Duke Airborne Systems’ Robotic Weapon Station (RWS) – billed as the “first-of-its-kind” concealed weapon system for helicopters - See more at: http://www.popularmechanics.co.za/blogs/hidden-firepower-helicopters/#sthash.aVBB1byF.dpuf Israel-based Duke Airborne Systems has developed a concealed Robotic Weapon System (RWS) for helicopters that allows utility helicopters to fly into hostile territory without an armed escort.…

Elon Musk Worried AI Will Lead to Real-life Terminator
06/19/14 — First it was renowned scientist Stephen Hawking, now Elon Musk is expressing concerns about the potential dangers of artificial intelligence (AI). Musk, an entrepreneur and founder of Tesla and SpaceX, invests in multiple AI companies. However, during a recent appearance on CNBC, Musk said he is invested in those companies…

Police Use Robot to Search School After Shooting Tragedy
06/12/14 — Officials say a robot helped law enforcement contain the situation after the school shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon that left two people, including the gunman, dead. Lt. Joel Wendland of the Troutdale Police Department was the one who called for the use of the robot, according to…

Robot Discovers Source of Water Leaks Inside Fukushima
06/05/14 — Bloomberg BusinesWeek is reporting that a robot inside Unit 1 of the Fukushima nuclear power plant has discovered the source of water leaks delaying decommissioning work. Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) says a robot designed by Hitachi-GE Nuclear energy "for the first time took clear pictures showing water drips from…

Russia Wants to Put Robots on the Moon: Report
05/30/14 — As if the ongoing conflicts over territory on at least three Earth continents weren’t enough, apparently it’s time for another international space race. For the moon. This time with robots. The Huffington Post says that Vladimir Putin’s Russia has come out with a three-stage plan which would start with robotic craft…

Crabster CR200 Robot Surveyed South Korea Ferry Wreck
05/22/14 — The Crabster CR200, a six-legged, crustacean-inspired robot that weighs more than half a ton and scuttles along the ocean floor, was deployed to assist the rescue operations near the site of the Sewol ferry disaster in South Korea. The Crabster, which began underwater testing in July 2013, can adapt its…

US Military Wants Battlefield Robots with Morals
05/15/14 — The debate over the morality of autonomous "killer robots" continues. Early in May 2014, critics were urging Canada to ban autonomous weapons and the United Nations (UN) in Geneva is currently meeting with the goal of reaching an international agreement on prohibiting killer robots.Now the US military is joining the…

UW Robot to Improve Disaster Relief Response
05/08/14 — Engineers at the University of Washington have developed telerobotics technology that will make disaster response faster and more efficient.The group is looking to develop robots that can interact more seamlessly with human operators. The technology lets a robot operator actually feel feedback in the form of pressure on his or…

Canada Urged to Lead Ban of Killer Robots
05/01/14 — Canada is being urged to lead a new international effort to ban so-called “killer robots” — the new generation of deadly high-tech equipment that can select and fire on targets without human help.   The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots is pushing for a new international treaty to ban such…

Texas Search Group Sues FAA Over Drone Use
04/24/14 — A Texas-based group involved in searches for missing persons around the nation filed a lawsuit on Monday asking a federal court to set aside an order that prohibits the nonprofit from employing drones in its work. Texas EquuSearch had been ordered in February to stop using unmanned aircraft systems, commonly…

Bluefin-21 Unmanned Sub Relaunches Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370
04/15/14 — The US Navy underwater robot Bluefin-21 has returned to the depths of the Indian Ocean in search of missing Malaysian airliner MH370 after aborting its first scouting mission. The multinational team of searchers launched the autonomous underwater vehicle Monday, nearly a week after pings believed to be transmitted by the…

New Porton Man Robot Soldier Tests Biological Warfare Suits
04/08/14 — A new robot mannequin that will help test the next generation of chemical and biological protective suits for the UK's armed forces has been unveiled. The Porton Man can walk, march, run, sit, kneel and even mimic the movement of a soldier sighting a weapon, allowing scientists to test the…

Military Drone Crashes Near Pa. Elementary School
04/04/14 — A military unmanned aerial vehicle crashed outside a Lebanon County school and a hotel this afternoon. Fort Indiantown Gap spokesman Maj. Ed Shank said the UAV was involved in training operations when it experienced an uncontrolled hard landing on Fischer Avenue in Union Township. The drone came down between Lickdale…

Inside the Military’s New Office for Cyborgs
04/03/14 — The ability to link human brains to machines, create new life forms and build Star Trek-style disease detectors will be the focus of a new Defense Department office soon. The new office, named the Biological Technology Office, or BTO, will serve as a clearinghouse for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or…

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Underwater Drone Joins Search for Wreckage
03/25/14 — A US undersea drone will join the international fleet of vessels and aircraft in efforts to locate the wreckage of the lost MH370 plane in the waters of the southern Indian Ocean. The sonar-equipped Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle can dive as deep as 4,500 metres and keep operating for up…

Navy Experimenting with Robot Firefighters
03/24/14 — A former United States naval vessel will be set on fire this August, and the Navy will send robots to put out the blaze. The Navy is testing robots that will put out fires instead of having sailors do the job. The humanoids may be tasked with dousing fires aboard…




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