Robotic scientists will 'speed up discovery'

Robotic scientists could speed up scientific discovery, while human scientists work from home, developers say.

By Victoria Gill • bbcnews
July 6, 2020 ~3 min

Tags:  robotics  chemistry

A good egg: robot chef trained to make omelettes

A team of engineers have trained a robot to prepare an omelette, all the way from cracking the eggs to plating the finished dish, and refined the ‘chef’s’ culinary skills to produce a reliable dish that actually tastes good.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 1, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  robot  robotics  engineering  artificial-intelligence  food

Robo-umps are coming to Major League Baseball, and the game will never be the same

Computerized systems that automatically determine whether a pitch is a ball or strike promise to make umpiring more accurate, but at what price?

Rayvon Fouché, Professor of American Studies, Purdue University • conversation
June 1, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: robotics technology sports computer-vision baseball major-league-baseball sports-fans umpire


Robo-boot concept promises 50% faster running

A high-tech twist on an old idea – running on springs – could give human-powered movement its biggest boost in more than a century.

David Braun, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Computer Engineering, Vanderbilt University • conversation
May 15, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: robotics physics biomechanics bicycling running physiology sports robotic-exoskeletons sprinting springs

New paper suggests spinosaurus may have been aquatic

New paper argues the Spinosaurus was aquatic, and powered by predatory tail.

Clea Simon • harvard
April 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: science-technology robotics nature stephanie-pierce dinosaurs museum-of-comparative-zoology george-lauder nizar-ibrahim spinosaurus tails theropod


Robots are playing many roles in the coronavirus crisis – and offering lessons for future disasters

Robots are helping health care workers and public safety officials more safely and quickly treat coronavirus patients and contain the pandemic. They have something in common: They're tried and tested.

Vignesh Babu Manjunath Gandudi, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Texas A&M University • conversation
April 22, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: robotics covid-19 coronavirus robots automation pandemic quarantine disaster public-safety hospitals healthcare new-coronavirus drones disinfection

Linking self-driving cars to traffic signals might help pedestrians give them the green light

Pedestrians are wary of autonomous cars, but they trust traffic lights. Researchers suggest driverless cars could communicate directly with the signals to make their own actions more predictable.

Lionel Peter Robert Jr., Associate Professor of Information, University of Michigan • conversation
April 21, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: robotics driverless-cars trust research-brief autonomous-vehicles traffic-lights pedestrians self-driving-vehicles


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