extra extra newspaperSimple robot can ‘scoot’ along power lines to look for damage
San Diego (UPI) Apr 17, 2013 – Engineers in California say they’ve invented a simple and inexpensive robot that can scoot along utility lines searching for problems needing repair. Mechanical engineers at the University of California, San Diego, say their SkySweeper prototype, made with off-the-shelf electronics and plastic parts created on an inexpensive 3D printer, could be put into production for less than $1,000, … more

Robot-building helps Canadian kids develop skills for high-tech world
Toronto (UPI) Apr 26, 2013 – A Canadian group is using robots to teach elementary school students hands-on skills it says will serve them well in an increasingly technological world. The Ontario Youth Mind Building Co. is a not-for-profit organization that has developed a robotics program that allows students to build their own robots with the goal of engaging them in science, technology, engineering and math, the … more

Humans feel empathy for robots
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 28, 2013 – >From the T-101 to Data from Star Trek, humans have been presented with the fictional dilemma of how we empathize with robots. Robots now infiltrate our lives, toys like Furbies or robot vacuum cleaners bring us closer, but how do we really feel about these non-sentient objects on a human level? A recent study by researchers at the University of Duisburg Essen in Germany found that humans have si … more