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10 Ways the World Will End: Robots Inherit the Earth

Docile robots turn into maniac killers as they overtake their less intelligent human masters in this humorous apocalyptic scenario on The Science Channel's "10 Ways the World Will End."


Docile robots turn into maniac killers as they overtake their less intelligent human masters in this humorous apocalyptic scenario on The Science Channel's "10 Ways the World Will End."
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10 Ways the World Will End: Robots Inherit the Earth

Watch this video about artificial intelligence (AI) on HowStuffWorks. MIT researchers believe that one day scientists will be able to develop a robot as capable as a human being. Learn about an AI research lab in this video from MIT.
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Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT

In the future astronauts will have a personal satellite assistant (PSA) to help with missions. Learn more about this device on Discovery Channel's "Assignment Discovery."
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Assignment Discovery: Personal Satellite Assistant

Learn about the things astronauts do during their free time on a space station on Discovery Channel's "Assignment Discovery."
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Assignment Discovery: Space Station Work and Play

The Remote Manipulator System (Canada Arm) is a 55 foot robotic arm that will be used to assemble the space station. Learn more about this device on Discovery Channel's "Assignment Discovery."
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Assignment Discovery: The Canada Arm

Watch this NASA video to learn about the ATHLETE (All-Terrain, Hexagonal-Limbed, Extra-Terrestrial Explorer) moon robot. NASA hopes to takes this robotic explorer to the moon within the next decade.
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ATHLETE Moon Robot

Scientists work to develop powered wheelchairs for small children with special needs.
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Babies and Robots

In this clip from The Military Channel, the engineers behind the BEAR robot describe its unique tread system.
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Backyard to Battlefield : BEAR Robot Treads

This video from The Military Channel takes a look at the engineers and builders behind the BEAR, a humanoid robot designed to retrieve injured soldiers from combat zones.
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Backyard to Battlefield: BEAR Robot Builders

In this video from The Military Channel, the Howe brothers get muddy demonstrating their all-terrain rock crawler vehicles.
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Backyard to Battlefield: Rock Crawlers

After surviving a horrific motorcycle accident, one patient receives bionic body parts in an effort to rebuild his smashed skeleton.
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Bizarre ER: Metallic Man

Watch this video about the Bombot on HowStuffWorks. The Bombot is a remote-controlled robot that is being used for military purposes such as inspecting improvised explosive devices. Learn all about this military robot in this episode of Technology Evangel
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Bombot: The Military Robot

Watch this video about friendly robots on HowStuffWorks. MIT researchers have created some of the most emotionally engaging robots in the world. Learn about robotic companions in this NOVA segment from PBS.
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Can a Robot be Your Friend?

What if your job included talking with the president about deep space exploration while riding in the Marine One helicopter? Dr. John Holdren, rocket scientist and physicist, talks about the cool stuff he works on as Science Advisor to President Obama.
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Cool Jobs in Science: John Holdren

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Dean of Invention: FIRST is Changing Children's Lives

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Dean of Invention: FIRST is the Sport of the Mind

Efficiency may be good for big companies, but is it really good for the rest of us? Mike Rowe wonders.
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Dirty Jobs: Efficiency is for Robots

New robots designed to work in dangerous situations are on display at the National Science Foundation. Learn more about putting our robotic pals in harm's way in this video.
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Discoveries: Danger Robots

For a month, Pierpaolo Petruzziello's amputated arm was connected to a robotic limb, allowing him to feel sensations and control the arm with his thoughts. Rossella Lorenzi talks to him about the bionic experiment.
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Discovery News 2009: Man Controls Robotic Hand

Flu viruses like the swine flu are spread in part by coughing and sneezing. A coughing robot shows James Williams just how far those germs can fly.
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Discovery News: Coughing Robot Spews 'Flu Germs'

This Week in Discovery News we talk about zoos filled with clones and robo-animals, magma on the moon and an exoplanet completely covered in water.
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Discovery News: Could Costner Handle This Waterworld?

Who needs a green thumb when you've got a robot to tend to your garden? James Williams get the dirt on a new garden-bot from MIT.
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Discovery News: Robot Gardeners Tend Tomatoes

Who needs a green thumb when you've got a robot to tend to your garden? James Williams get the dirt on a new garden-bot from MIT in this Discovery News video.
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Discovery News: Tech: Robot Gardeners Tend Tomatoes

Why drive when robots can do it for you? In this "Discovery Tech" video, researchers at Virginia Tech take Jorge Ribas on a ride into the future of your commute.
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Discovery Tech: Robot Cars

In this Discovery News video, meet UMan, a robot that can interact with its environment and even learn from its experiences.
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Discovery Tech: Robotic Arm Lends a Hand

Watch this video about Robots from the Consumer Electronics Show on HowStuffWorks. Andy and Sean from LabRats.tv show you their bonus footage from CES 2007 including lots of robot footage. Learn about CES 2007 in this video from LabRats.tv
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Episode 58 - CES Robots!

From the archives of Discovery: As technology evolves, robots become capable of more and more tasks. Learn more about robots in this video.
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Extreme Robots

Thanks to automatrix, cars will become a moving intelligent machine. Learn more about automatrix on Discovery Channel's "Future Car."
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Future Car: Robot Cars

Meet Aqua, an amphibious robot who is learning to distinguish land from water while assisting in exploratory diving missions. Take a look at this Planet Green "G Word" video to learn more about amphibious robots and oceanography.
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G Word: Aqua Robot

On the Military Channel's "GI Factory," watch the Andros F6A military robot in action as it attempts to handle a cooler containing explosives.
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GI Factory: Andros F6A Disarms a Bomb

On the Military Channel's "GI Factory," get a glimpse of the capabilities of the Andros F6A robot as it attempts to disarm a bomb.
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GI Factory: Andros F6A Robot

Video cameras and a communications system are two features on the Andros F6A. They serve as the robot's eyes and ears and allow the user to communicate with hostages and terrorists from afar. See it in action on the Military Channel's "GI Factory."
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GI Factory: Andros F6A's Eyes and Ears

Watch an Andros F6A robot being built from start to finish on the Military Channel's "GI Factory."
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GI Factory: Building an Andros F6A

After a robot experiences an accident while securing a bomb, they often need to get refurbished. Learn about the features on an Andros F6A and watch as they recycle and repackage a refurbished robot on the Military Channel's "GI Factory."
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GI Factory: Refurbished Robots

The Andros F6A robot is a robot used by the military and police bomb squads to help handle explosives. See it in action on the Military Channel's "GI Factory."
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GI Factory: The Andros F6A Robot

Watch this video showcasing an interesting duet between man and machine on HowStuffWorks. Both robot and human share not only the same drum, but also the same groove. See how you and Haile could be a great musical duo in this video from Georgia Tech. For
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Haile - A Duet with the Robotic Percussionist

Watch this video about Haile finding the beat of a rhythm on HowStuffWorks. Haile, the robotic improvisational percussionist is clearly able to listen to a pattern and detect the beat. See how this musical genius detects beats in this video from Georgia T
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Haile - Beat Detection by the Robotic Percussionist

Watch this video featuring Haile on HowStuffWorks. Crowds everywhere respond very positively after experiencing the human-robot musical interaction. See what Haile fans have to say in this video from Georgia Tech. For more information go to <a href="http:
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Haile - Crowd Reactions to the Robotic Percussionist

Watch this video featuring an incredible robotic percussionist in concert on HowStuffWorks. Haile is a robotic percussionist that can listen to live players, analyze their music in real-time, and use the product of this analysis to play back in an improvi
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Haile - Jam with a Robotic Percussionist

Watch this video featuring an incredible robotic percussionist in concert on HowStuffWorks. Haile is a robotic percussionist that can listen to live players, analyze their music in real-time, and use the product of this analysis to play back in an improvi
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Haile - The Robotic Improvisational Percussionist (Part 1)

Watch this video featuring an incredible robotic percussionist in concert on HowStuffWorks. Haile is a robotic percussionist that can listen to live players, analyze their music in real-time, and use the product of this analysis to play back in an improvi
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Haile - The Robotic Improvisational Percussionist (Part 2)

Watch this video featuring Haile's skills on HowStuffWorks. Haile, the robotic improvisational percussionist performs in mimic mode and improv mode with a test subject. See Haile in action in this video from Georgia Tech. For more information go to <a hre
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Haile Shows Off to a Test Subject

Watch this video about household robots on HowStuffWorks. There are dancing robots and robot dogs, but many of us are still waiting for a robot that can do chores - think the Jetsons. A new breed of robots may one day lead to a robot in every home. See ho
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Household Robots

Football helmets cushion the cranium, helping players avoid head injuries. Early helmets were made of leather, and later from padded plastic. In this minisode of How It's Made, find out how today's football helmets are made.
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How It's Made: Football Helmets

Although Pleo is a robot, it can learn from situations, and appear incredibly lifelike. Learn more about Pleo in this HowStuffWorks video.
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How Pleo Works

Meet the engineers and builders behind the BEAR, a humanoid robot designed to retrieve injured soldiers from combat zones.
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Howe And Howe Tech: BEAR

The Howe brothers get muddy demonstrating their all-terrain rock crawler vehicles.
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Howe And Howe Tech: Crawlers

A look inside the Howe brothers' intricate pipe-cutting process.
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Howe And Howe Tech: Pipe Cutting

The engineers behind BEAR describe its unique tread system.
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Howe And Howe Tech: Treads

Babybots are actual robotic vehicles that babies drive. Children as young as 4 months old drive these machines in an effort to link infant mobility and development. These vehicles may one day improve mentally challenged babies' cognition and development.
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Infant Driving

We have the first look at the military uniform of the future, the prototype of a real Iron Man Suit.  Man and machine merge with superhuman results!
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Is is Possible: Iron Man

It's a computer that can actually read your mind.  And the breakthrough is thanks to the brain of a monkey. Marty the monkey brings new hope and possibility to people with spinal cord injuries and other paralyzing conditions worldwide.
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Is It Possible: Monkey Brain

Designed to explore Mars, the hearing, seeing, and sniffing Ground-Bot can now be found patrolling airports and playgrounds.
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Is It Possible: Robotic Babysitter

It's a fight to the death between Avalanche and Pummel Bug. Don't let the cute name fool you. These machines in action are downright vicious.
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Killer Robots: Avalanche vs. Pummel Bug

Check out even more of the best moments from the RoboGames 2011 heavyweight combat event. Beware of projectile bolts and spontaneous bursts of flame.
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Killer Robots: Combat Highlights

Death and Taxes and Breaker Box go head to head during RoboGames 2011. Watch the sparks fly...literally.
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Killer Robots: Death and Taxes vs. Breaker Box

Can Double Rainbow Party spin "right round" the tough Gruff? Watch this heavyweight combat match from RoboGames 2011 and find out.
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Killer Robots: Double Rainbow Party vs. Gruff

Watch as robotic heavyweights DxTer and Scrap Hammer go head to head in all out combat. Which machine will emerge the victor?
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Killer Robots: DxTer vs. Scrap Hammer

Watch as this robot competes in the RoboGames fire-fighting event. The goal is to maneuver through the maze, locate the open flame and snuff it out.
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Killer Robots: Fire-Fighting

Will KJO prevail against Vice Crypt's death grip? Watch these two robots square off in a fight to the finish.
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Killer Robots: KJO vs. Vice Crypt

Complex robots go head to head in the RoboGames 2011 Kung-Fu event.
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Killer Robots: Kung-Fu Chop

Bring in the new and throw out the old. Live Free or Die and Pump get ready for battle.
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Killer Robots: Live Free or Die vs. Pump

Which machine will emerge victorious and earn the ultimate honor in mechanical combat inner circles and eternal bragging rights?
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Killer Robots: OBladerator vs. Live Free or Die

The rookie Live Free or Die team hope they have what it takes to bring down RoboGames combat veteran, Pump. See what happens when a newbie takes on a seasoned pro.
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Killer Robots: Pump vs. Live Free or Die

The Bounty Hunter team hopes to get underneath of their competitor and press a button that would send metal bits flying. Will their strategy pay off or does Ragin' Scotsman win the day?
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Killer Robots: Ragin Scotsman vs. Bounty Hunter

Who says you have to have muscles to enjoy a good stretch? Watch as this perfectly balanced bot gets nimble at RoboGames 2011.
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Killer Robots: Robot Stretch

Will Son of Ziggy turn Scrap Hammer into a pile of scrap metal?
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Killer Robots: Son of Ziggy vs. Scrap Hammer

Get up close to the action and check out some of the most intense moments from the RoboGames 2011 heavyweight combat event. It's a good thing this glass is bulletproof.
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Killer Robots: Vicious Combot Mashup

Have you ever wondered how your bowling pins are lined up perfectly all the time? And how your bowling ball always seems to find its way back to you? Find out how it works.
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Machines: Bowling Pinsetters

Is man's fate tied to the Red Planet? Scientists debate the future of space exploration.
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Men on Mars - 1

The president of the Mars Society makes a passionate case for a manned planetary mission to the red planet.
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Men on Mars - 2

Watch this video about a robotic helicopter on HowStuffWorks. An automatic control system enables the helicopter to perform completely autonomous moves and tricks via remote control. Learn about this robotic helicopter in this research video from MIT.
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MIT's Robocopter

Watch the robot Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage built for Nvidia, which paints the Mona Lisa in 80 milliseconds in this video from Discovery Channel's MythBusters.
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MythBusters: Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa

Tory Belleci apologizes for his profanity, but that Hero Pond was REALLY cold. And yes, Grant Imahara lives with robots (don't you?).
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MythBusters: Paper Armor Aftershow

In host Adam Savage's words, this 18-foot star of Shark Week 2008 "is pretty freakin' awesome." Check out this video from Discovery Channel's "MythBusters" to learn more.
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MythBusters: RoboShark

Find out how biological computers and nanobots may drive the cars of the future in this video from Discovery's "NextWorld" series.
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NextWorld: What is a Bio-brain?

On Discovery Channel's "One Step Beyond," Starbug is an autonomous submarine robot that patrols reefs. The robot submarine uses inertial sensing and cameras to navigate through the ocean.
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One Step Beyond: Starbug

Today, on Planet 100, a fleet of robots is reading to respond to the next offshore oil disaster, an earthquake in New Zealand caused damage but also may have created a new fault line in the earth's crust, and an ad campaign sells "fresh air."
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Planet 100: Robots to the Rescue

Watch this video about the  future of "nano" robotics on HowStuffWorks. Inventor and engineer Ray Kurzweil explains how advances in robotics and nanotechnology will make life easier and safer. Learn how "nano" robots will work in this video from TED.
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Ray Kurzweil on the Future of Nano Robotics

This vehicle has the ability to guide itself throughout a warehouse. Join host Matt Rogers and see how it's able to stop in front of obstructions on Discovery Channel's "Really Big Things."
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Really Big Things: Automatic Guided Vehicles

It's pretty likely that cars capable of autonomous driving will exist sometime in the next decade or so. But the future may already be here. Engineers at VA Tech University have created a car that is totally capable of driving itself.
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Robot Car Drives Itself

Watch this video about a robot dancer on HowStuffWorks. Researchers have developed a new robot that can sense human movements. See how this robot dancer can make movements using the sense of touch in this video from ScienCentral.
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Robot Dancer

From the archives of Discovery: As technology evolves, robots become capable of more and more tasks. Learn more about robots.
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Robot Music

Watch this video about how to brush your teeth properly on HowStuffWorks. See how robotic brushes help to fight gum disease in this video from World Business Review.
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Robotic Brush Fights Gum Disease

Watch this video about robotic vehicle wrecks on HowStuffWorks. These robotic vehicles get in the same fender benders humans do. See a few minor wrecks these "smart" robots get into in this NOVA segment from PBS.
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Robotic Car Wrecks

Watch this video from the University of Florida showing a car that drives itself. Multiple computers, cameras and sensors control the speed and maneuverability of the car that UF engineers have dubbed "The Navigator".
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Robotic Chauffeur

From the archives of Discovery: This robotic hand imitates some of the most intricate processes of a human hand. Learn more about robotics in this video.
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Robotic Hand

Watch this video about a robotic Hummer on HowStuffWorks. Manually driving a robotic Hummer to the gas station turns a few heads, including a police officer's. Learn how to get attention at a gas station in this NOVA segment from PBS.
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Robotic Hummer Turns Heads

Watch this video about a robotic Jeep on HowStuffWorks. This Jeep makes a successful drive through a desert course completely on its own. The team is participating in the DARPA Grand Challenge. Learn about a robotic Jeep in this NOVA segment from PBS.
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Robotic Jeep Makes Successful Desert Drive

Watch this video about robotic missions on HowStuffWorks. This segment of NASA Destination Tomorrow begins with a look at NASA history. The segment next describes the robotic missions to Mars and discusses some of the concerns with space travel. Learn how
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Robotic Space Missions

Watch this video about a car with robotic vision on HowStuffWorks. This car is capable of "seeing" and avoiding obstacles in the road...sometimes. The team is participating in the DARPA Grand Challenge. Learn about a car with robotic vision in this NOVA s
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Robotic Vision Makes Driving Mistakes

Michio Kaku presents his design for creating an intelligent robot similar to those found inside of films such as Star Wars. Will his new design work?
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Sci Fi Science: Building a Sci Fi Robot

Robot Engineers at the University of Southern California have created a super robot that can recombine and reform to create a new machine. Can this invention be used to create an intelligent robot?
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Sci Fi Science: Superbot

On Discovery Channel's "Science of the Impossible," learn how virtual reality can be used to control robots in space.
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Science of the Impossible: VR Space Robot

They're not the polygamists you think you know. Meet the Brown family and peek into the real lives of a real polygamist family.
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Sister Wives: Meet the Brown Family

Watch this video about robots playing soccer on HowStuffWorks. Designing large-scale, multi-agent (an agent can be a robot or a human) systems requires cooperation, communication, diversity of agents, shared learning, and shared planning, which presents m
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Soccer-playing Robots Communicate and Coordinate

Watch the assembly line process for making a casket lid on Discovery Channel's "Some Assembly Required."
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Some Assembly Required: Casket Assembly

UFOs! Robonauts! Personal travel pods! See them here in our weekly Discovery News video review.
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Space: DNews Top Video Picks, Episode 1

NASA's robotic lander autonomously launches, hovers, and lands. And it could be the future of planetary exploration. Martin Berman finds out how it works.
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Space: NASA Hover Test Flight Explained

Cutting-edge robots, recently unveiled by NASA and General Motors, will work next to humans on Earth and in space. Jorge Ribas reports on the twin machines dubbed Robonaut 2.
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Space: Robonaut 2, Your Future Coworker

New equipment is being developed for the potential scavenging of the Mars surface. Rocky 7 and Nomad are prototypes being tested for this mission. Learn more about these robots on Discovery Channel's "Spacewalkers: The Ultimate High-Wire Act."
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Spacewalkers: Mars Space Robots

A lively, informal look at using robots to research the most efficient ways to move in the water, based on studies by Vassar College scientists. What they found about using flippers may surprise you. Credit: National Science Foundation; John Long, Vassar
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Teaching Robots to Swim

These animatronic eyes are so realistic they're almost creepy. So how do they work? Jorge Ribas finds out.
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Tech: Animatronic Eye Mechanism Explained

Four years after being paralyzed in a car accident, UC Berkeley graduate Austin Whitney was able to walk again thanks to a new robotic exoskeleton. Jorge Ribas finds out how it works.
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Tech: Exoskeleton Helps Student Walk Explained

Cars that can talk to each other, to street lights and even to your mobile phone. In New York City, Jorge Ribas gets a glimpse into the future of transportation in this clip from Discovery's "Tech" series.
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Tech: Green Light for Robotic Roads

Watch this video about evolving robots on HowStuffWorks. The Georgia Tech Mobile Robot Laboratory, led by Dr. Ron Arkin, specializes in intelligent behavior-based control and hybrid software architectures that blend reasoning with simple reflexive behavio
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The Evolution of Robots

See how robots play a major role in speeding up the manufacturing process of mass customization on TLC's "Understanding."
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Understanding: Robots and Mass Customization

The Army's latest "bomb squad" robots are the front-line soldiers in Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD).
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Warbots: Bomb Disposal

By 2015, 1/3 of military transport vehicles will be autonomous. To promote research in this area, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) sponsors an annual "Grand Challenge" in the Mojave Desert.
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Warbots: DARPA Grand Challenge

Another vital role that may be performed by robots in the future is the dangerous mission of evacuating casualties under fire.
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Warbots: Saving Lives

Learn more about the Navy's search for an underwater mine detecting robot (Robolobster!) and a vision for a multifunction robotic future.
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Warbots: Waterbots and MULE's

Senior HowStuffWorks Writer Jonathan Strickland discuss the future of medicine and robotics.
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What role will robots play in future medicine?

The ancient Japanese designed these remarkable humanoid dolls with springs and gears for entertainment. This was the beginning of Karakuri. Learn more with host Jack Turner on The Science Channel's "What the Ancients Knew."
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What the Ancients Knew: Karakuri Dolls

Watch this video about the future of robots on HowStuffWorks. With plenty of room for improvements, roboticists see a future full of exciting discoveries. Dr. Ron Arkin from Georgia Tech says robotics is currently at the toddler stage, not even at adolesc
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Will Robots Replace Humans?

Whether we're talking about automatons like the Borg or heroes like the Bionic Man, we're all familiar with the cyborgs of science fiction. But how close are we to a cybernetic future? Listen in as Robert Lamb explains the role of cyborgs in the future.
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Will there be cyborgs in the future?

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