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Newswise: Algorithm helps robots avoid obstacles in their path
Released: 9-Jan-2022 9:05 PM EST
Algorithm helps robots avoid obstacles in their path
University of South Australia

Researchers at the University of South Australia have developed an algorithm that helps robots avoid hitting humans and other moving obstacles in their path when carrying out tasks.

Newswise: January 2022 Issue of Neurosurgical Focus: “Robotics in Neurosurgery”
22-Dec-2021 10:00 AM EST
January 2022 Issue of Neurosurgical Focus: “Robotics in Neurosurgery”
Journal of Neurosurgery

Announcement of contents of the January 2022 issue of Neurosurgical Focus

Newswise: NUS engineers bring a soft touch to commercial robotics
Released: 27-Dec-2021 11:05 PM EST
NUS engineers bring a soft touch to commercial robotics
National University of Singapore

Inspired by the natural dexterity of the human hand, a team of engineers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has created a reconfigurable hybrid robotics system that is able to grip a variety of objects: from the small, soft and delicate to the large, heavy and bulky.

Newswise:Video Embedded robotic-manipulators-inspired-by-nature
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16-Dec-2021 2:20 PM EST
Robotic Manipulators Inspired by Nature
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Traditional robots can have difficulty grasping and manipulating soft objects if their manipulators are not flexible in the way elephant trunks, octopus tentacles, or human fingers can be. In Applied Physics Reviews, investigators developed a type of multiple-segment soft manipulator inspired by these biological systems. The soft manipulators are based on pneu-nets, which are pneumatically actuated elastomeric structures. The group designed manipulators for a variety of 3D trajectories by varying the geometric, material, and loading parameters for their pneu-net structures.

Released: 16-Dec-2021 4:00 PM EST
Mind-controlled robots now one step closer
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Tetraplegic patients are prisoners of their own bodies, unable to speak or perform the slightest movement.

Newswise:Video Embedded these-tiny-liquid-robots-never-run-out-of-juice-as-long-as-they-have-food
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Released: 8-Dec-2021 9:30 AM EST
These Tiny Liquid Robots Never Run Out of Juice as Long as They Have Food
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Scientists at Berkeley Lab have demonstrated the first self-powered, aqueous robot that runs continuously without electricity. The technology has potential as an automated chemical synthesis or drug delivery system for pharmaceuticals.

Newswise: ORNL’s Mark Noakes receives Ray Goertz Award from ANS
Released: 7-Dec-2021 11:15 AM EST
ORNL’s Mark Noakes receives Ray Goertz Award from ANS
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Mark Noakes, a senior researcher in advanced manufacturing at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been recognized by the American Nuclear Society’s Robotics and Remote Systems Division with the 2021 Ray Goertz Award for his outstanding contributions to the field of remote technology in hazardous environments.

Newswise: Microfountain Pen Draws Minute Patterns for Live Cells, Circuits
6-Dec-2021 12:10 PM EST
Microfountain Pen Draws Minute Patterns for Live Cells, Circuits
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

In Review of Scientific Instruments, from AIP Publishing, researchers from Germany and China outline the development of a flexible and easy-to-use micropen setup, capable of directly writing on surfaces to a microprecise level. The micropen is held over an ink reservoir as ink is drawn into the pen nozzle. Once filled, the nozzle is positioned for writing onto a tabletop surface.

Released: 3-Dec-2021 3:45 PM EST
Lightweight space robot with precise control developed
Beijing Institute of Technology

Robots are already in space. From landers on the moon to rovers on Mars and more, robots are the perfect candidates for space exploration: they can bear extreme environments while consistently repeating the same tasks in exactly the same way without tiring.

Newswise: Light-powered soft robots could suck up oil spills
Released: 2-Dec-2021 1:20 PM EST
Light-powered soft robots could suck up oil spills
University of California, Riverside

A floating, robotic film designed at UC Riverside could be trained to hoover oil spills at sea or remove contaminants from drinking water.

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Released: 30-Nov-2021 10:30 AM EST
Robots Help Nurses Get the Job Done–With Smiles and Beeps
Cedars-Sinai

You can't miss Cedars-Sinai's newest helpers: identical twin robots named Moxi.

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Released: 29-Nov-2021 4:55 PM EST
Researchers shrink camera to the size of a salt grain
Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Micro-sized cameras have great potential to spot problems in the human body and enable sensing for super-small robots, but past approaches captured fuzzy, distorted images with limited fields of view.

Newswise:Video Embedded finding-their-groove
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Released: 29-Nov-2021 3:40 PM EST
Finding Their Groove
Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Tech music technology researchers have programmed a “FOREST” of improvising robot musicians and dancers who interact with human partners in a unique collaboration with Kennesaw State University.

Newswise:Video Embedded team-builds-first-living-robots-that-can-reproduce
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24-Nov-2021 2:05 PM EST
Team Builds First Living Robots That Can Reproduce
University of Vermont

Scientists at UVM, Tufts, and Harvard discovered a new form of biological reproduction—and created self-replicating living robots. Made from frog cells, these computer-designed organisms gather single cells inside a Pac-Man-shaped “mouth”—and release Xenobot “babies” that look and move like themselves.

Released: 24-Nov-2021 1:15 PM EST
Robots good for gender equity, not so good for stability/fertility of marriage: study
University of Pittsburgh

Robots aren’t a man’s best friend, statistically speaking. They worsen the economic stature of men and, in the process, alter marital status and ultimately marital fertility.

Newswise: DOE Funding will Support WHOI Research to Support Sustainable Development of Offshore Wind
Released: 19-Nov-2021 1:00 PM EST
DOE Funding will Support WHOI Research to Support Sustainable Development of Offshore Wind
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has received $750,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop next‐generation autonomous robotic technology for environmental monitoring of marine organisms and the seafloor at potential wind energy development areas on the U.S. West Coast.

Newswise: ‘All in a Day’: Lung Cancer Biopsy, Diagnosis, Surgery, Treatment
Released: 19-Nov-2021 11:15 AM EST
‘All in a Day’: Lung Cancer Biopsy, Diagnosis, Surgery, Treatment
Cedars-Sinai

Four months ago, Judy Kronenfeld, PhD, was about to learn whether a suspicious mass in her left lung was cancerous. She underwent two minimally invasive surgical procedures and had a cancer diagnosis, staging and surgery behind her in a matter of hours, not days or weeks.

Newswise: Metrix, an ASME Company, Acquires AdditiveManufacturing.com
Released: 17-Nov-2021 8:55 AM EST
Metrix, an ASME Company, Acquires AdditiveManufacturing.com
ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)

Metrix Connect LLC has acquired and completely redesigned AdditiveManufacturing.com, continuing its mission to serve the AM community with resources and content.

Newswise: Study Finds Knee Replacement with Robotic Assistance Leads to Lower Complication Rate First 90 Days After Surgery
Released: 12-Nov-2021 8:20 AM EST
Study Finds Knee Replacement with Robotic Assistance Leads to Lower Complication Rate First 90 Days After Surgery
Geoffrey Westrich, MD

A study by Geoffrey Westrich,MD, and colleagues at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) found knee replacement performed with robotic assistance led to a lower complication rate in the first three months following surgery.

Newswise:Video Embedded development-of-a-curious-robot-to-study-coral-reef-ecosystems-awarded-1-5-million-by-the-national-science-foundation
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Released: 10-Nov-2021 10:30 AM EST
Development of a curious robot to study coral reef ecosystems awarded $1.5 million by the National Science Foundation
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

A grant by the National Science Foundation to researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and Syracuse University aims to open new avenues of robotic study of coral reefs by developing autonomous underwater vehicles capable of navigating complex environments and of collecting data over long periods of time. The team led by WHOI computer scientist Yogesh Girdhar aims to build a robot capable of navigating a reef ecosystem and measuring the biomass, biodiversity, and behavior of organisms living in or passing through a reef over extended periods of time.

Newswise: Engineering Researchers Receive $1 Million NSF Grant for First Networked-AI Testbed
Released: 8-Nov-2021 8:30 AM EST
Engineering Researchers Receive $1 Million NSF Grant for First Networked-AI Testbed
Florida Atlantic University

Just like humans, autonomous robots need to communicate with one another to learn together and to accomplish a team mission such as search and rescue. Researchers are developing the nation’s first-of-its-kind testbed platform that connects robots using high-frequency radio waves (30 to 300 gigahertz). The robots will be able communicate at ultra-high speeds of gigabits per second by forming and directing ‘beams’ toward each other that also will enable them to see through objects as needed. They will see what the other robots are sensing in real-time, resulting in five times the eyes thanks to the nearly instantaneous exchange of high volumes of data.

Newswise: Data Scientist Discusses Job Outlook in Era of Artificial Intelligence
Released: 4-Nov-2021 2:45 PM EDT
Data Scientist Discusses Job Outlook in Era of Artificial Intelligence
SUNY Buffalo State College

Recent worker shortages and higher labor costs have resulted in more automated jobs, including service and professional jobs economists once considered safe. Predictions are mixed on job losses going forward, although the World Economic Forum (WEF) concluded in a 2020 report that “a new generation of smart machines, fueled by rapid advances in artificial intelligence and robotics, could potentially replace a large proportion of existing human jobs.” Joaquin Carbonara, Buffalo State College professor of mathematics, weighed in on AI’s effect on the job market now and in the future.

Released: 1-Nov-2021 3:15 PM EDT
Works well with robots?
University of Georgia

As more artificial intelligence systems and robots aid human workers, building trust between them is key to getting the job done. One University of Georgia professor is seeking to bridge that gap with assistance from the U.S. military.

Newswise:Video Embedded waste-of-space
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Released: 29-Oct-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Waste of space
University of Utah

University of Utah mechanical engineering professor Jake Abbott has discovered a method to manipulate orbiting space debris by using spinning magnets. This allows agencies to either help clear out such debris or repair damaged satellites by moving or grasping the objects without physically touching them.

Newswise: “Nong Fai Chai Gen 3”, A Robotic UV-C COVID-19 Disinfection Lamp Is Now Operational to Keep Frontline Personnel 100% Confident and Safe
Released: 28-Oct-2021 8:55 AM EDT
“Nong Fai Chai Gen 3”, A Robotic UV-C COVID-19 Disinfection Lamp Is Now Operational to Keep Frontline Personnel 100% Confident and Safe
Chulalongkorn University

The Faculties of Medicine and Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Smile Robotics and King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB) have jointly developed “Nong Fai Chai, Generation 3” — a UV-C disinfection lamp that can kill 99.99% of the COVID-19 virus and other germs within 3 minutes, now ready to assist front-line staff.

Newswise:Video Embedded cat-s-meow-robotic-pet-boosts-mood-behavior-and-cognition-in-adults-with-dementia
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Released: 27-Oct-2021 8:30 AM EDT
Cat’s Meow: Robotic Pet Boosts Mood, Behavior and Cognition in Adults with Dementia
Florida Atlantic University

Researchers tested the effectiveness of affordable, interactive robotic pet cats to improve mood, behavior and cognition in older adults with mild to moderate dementia.

Newswise:Video Embedded teaching-robots-to-think-like-us
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22-Oct-2021 10:40 AM EDT
Teaching Robots to Think Like Us
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

In Applied Physics Letters, researchers outline how a robot could be taught to navigate through a maze by electrically stimulating a culture of brain nerve cells connected to the machine. These nerve cells were grown from living cells and acted as the physical reservoir for the computer to construct coherent signals. These findings suggest goal-directed behavior can be generated without any additional learning by sending disturbance signals to an embodied system.

Released: 21-Oct-2021 6:10 PM EDT
先进机器人GPS,用于定位和再生生物疗法
Mayo Clinic

妙佑医疗国际(Mayo Clinic)的一项合作研究显示,一种类似GPS(全球定位系统)的遥控支气管镜能够精准定位肺肿块并对其进行穿刺活检。这项发表在《胸外科年鉴》上的多站点研究,让精准发现早期癌症,以及采用刺激愈合所需的再生生物疗法进行靶向治疗奠定了基础。

Released: 21-Oct-2021 6:00 PM EDT
نظام تحديد المواقع الروبوتي للاستهداف، وإيصال العلاجات الحيوية التجديدية
Mayo Clinic

منظار قصبات موجهٌ عن بعد يتصرف كنظام تحديد مواقع (GPS) ويعثر على كتل رئةٍ يصعب العثور عليها ويأخذ منها الخزعات بدقة، وفقًا لدراسة تعاونية لمايو كلينك.

Released: 21-Oct-2021 5:50 PM EDT
Dispositivo robótico de GPS para tratamento e administração de bioterapias regenerativas
Mayo Clinic

Um broncoscópio controlado remotamente que age como um sistema de GPS à procura de massas pulmonares difíceis de encontrar e realiza a biópsia com precisão, de acordo com um estudo colaborativo da Mayo Clinic.

Released: 21-Oct-2021 5:45 PM EDT
Un GPS robótico para dirigir y administrar bioterapias regenerativas
Mayo Clinic

Un broncoscopio controlado a distancia que actúa como un sistema de posicionamiento global (GPS) persigue aquellos tumores pulmonares difíciles de encontrar y obtiene una buena biopsia, dice un estudio colaborativo de Mayo Clinic.

Newswise:Video Embedded marangoni-surfer-robots-look-and-move-like-water-bugs
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Released: 19-Oct-2021 4:55 PM EDT
Marangoni Surfer Robots Look and Move Like Water Bugs
Michigan Technological University

Nature has inspired innovation for centuries. Studying the traits birds and fish have naturally perfected over millennia leads engineers to create new technologies that improve our lives today. Michigan Tech researchers share how they built a tiny, self-powered robot inspired by water-skimming insects and the Marangoni effect.

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Released: 19-Oct-2021 10:15 AM EDT
FAU Engineering One of the ‘Top Three Fastest Improving Colleges’ in the U.S.
Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science is rapidly rising in U.S. News & World Report rankings, and is now one of the top three fastest improving engineering colleges in the nation (2020 to 2022). The college also is ranked No. 111 by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges Rankings” 2022, among public engineering colleges whose highest degree offered is a Ph.D.

Newswise:Video Embedded leonardo-the-bipedal-robot-can-ride-a-skateboard-and-walk-a-slackline
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Released: 18-Oct-2021 3:05 PM EDT
LEONARDO, the Bipedal Robot, Can Ride a Skateboard and Walk a Slackline
California Institute of Technology

LEO carves out a new type of locomotion somewhere between walking and flying.

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Released: 18-Oct-2021 12:40 PM EDT
Researchers successfully build four-legged swarm robots
University of Notre Dame

In research published in Science Robotics, Ozkan-Aydin presents how she was able to build multi-legged robots capable of maneuvering in challenging environments and accomplishing difficult tasks collectively, mimicking their natural-world counterparts.

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Released: 18-Oct-2021 12:20 PM EDT
A step towards natural interaction between robots and animals
Beijing Institute of Technology

Laboratory rats have been shown to have genetic consistency and similar responses to drugs with humans, and thus become ideal animal models for research and testing of new drugs. However, due to individual difference, it is still a challenging task to find a method of unified behavior control and evaluation.

Released: 18-Oct-2021 12:05 PM EDT
AgriLife Research scientist pushing bounds of future farming
Texas A&M AgriLife

Automation, artificial intelligence and robotics represent potentially monumental changes for agriculture’s future, and Azlan Zahid hopes his research will spearhead that evolution for urban farming.

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Released: 15-Oct-2021 3:10 PM EDT
A.R. in the O.R.
University of North Dakota

“It’s not like changing the alternator in your car where you can easily reference the repair manual or a technical read-out in the moment,” explained Dr. Stefan Johnson of teaching surgery to medical students and residents.

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Released: 15-Oct-2021 2:20 PM EDT
How to Make an Exosuit that Helps with Awkward Lifts
Georgia Institute of Technology

New exosuit invented by Georgia Tech researchers reduces muscular exertion required for rotating and twisting motions.

Newswise: Biomolecular Engineer Wins Grant to Make Microorganism-Inspired Machines
Released: 15-Oct-2021 2:15 PM EDT
Biomolecular Engineer Wins Grant to Make Microorganism-Inspired Machines
Georgia Institute of Technology

To make a micro-robot that moves, look to what nature does, first.

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Released: 14-Oct-2021 3:55 PM EDT
Jersey Shore University Medical Center Now Provides NJ’s Most Experienced Robotic-Assisted Deep Brain Stimulation Program
Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center’s Neuroscience Institute recently established its comprehensive Movement Disorder Program. Movement disorders refer to a group of neurological conditions that cause abnormal, increased or reduced body movements that are typically involuntary. Three of the major disorders are Parkinson’s Disease, Essential Tremors, and Dystonia.

Newswise:Video Embedded a-visit-from-a-social-robot-improves-hospitalized-children-s-outlook
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6-Oct-2021 10:00 AM EDT
A visit from a social robot improves hospitalized children’s outlook
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

A new study from UCLA finds a visit from human-controlled robot encourages a positive outlook and improves medical interactions for hospitalized children.

Released: 23-Sep-2021 12:05 PM EDT
The Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) Announces its Europe Conference Life Science and Technology Awards
SLAS

A variety of scientific discovery and technology awards were presented during SLAS Europe 2021 Digital Conference and Exhibition, which took place June 23-25 online. The annual European forum of the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening bestowed the Ignite Award to the most promising new startup company, the New Product Award, SLAS Tony B. Academic Awards and Student Poster Awards.

Newswise: Opentrons Announces $200 Million Series C Round Led by Softbank
Released: 23-Sep-2021 9:15 AM EDT
Opentrons Announces $200 Million Series C Round Led by Softbank
2021 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting Press Program

Opentrons, the lab automation platform comprised of Opentrons Robotics, Pandemic Response Lab, Neochromosome, and Zenith AI, receives $200 million to scale its platform for life sciences and healthcare.


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