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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."
Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT
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.
Assignment Discovery: Personal Satellite Assistant
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."
Assignment Discovery: Space Station Work and Play
Learn about the things astronauts do during their free time on a space station on Discovery Channel's "Assignment Discovery."
Assignment Discovery: The Canada Arm
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."
ATHLETE Moon Robot
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.
Babies and Robots
Scientists work to develop powered wheelchairs for small children with special needs.
Backyard to Battlefield : BEAR Robot Treads
In this clip from The Military Channel, the engineers behind the BEAR robot describe its unique tread system.
Backyard to Battlefield: BEAR Robot Builders
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.
Backyard to Battlefield: Rock Crawlers
In this video from The Military Channel, the Howe brothers get muddy demonstrating their all-terrain rock crawler vehicles.
Bizarre ER: Metallic Man
After surviving a horrific motorcycle accident, one patient receives bionic body parts in an effort to rebuild his smashed skeleton.
Bombot: The Military Robot
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
Can a Robot be Your Friend?
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.
Cool Jobs in Science: John Holdren
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.
Dean of Invention: FIRST is Changing Children's Lives
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Dean of Invention: FIRST is the Sport of the Mind
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Dirty Jobs: Efficiency is for Robots
Efficiency may be good for big companies, but is it really good for the rest of us? Mike Rowe wonders.
Discoveries: Danger 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.
Discovery News 2009: Man Controls Robotic Hand
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.
Discovery News: Coughing Robot Spews 'Flu Germs'
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.
Discovery News: Could Costner Handle This Waterworld?
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.
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.
Discovery News: Tech: 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.
Discovery Tech: Robot Cars
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.
Discovery Tech: Robotic Arm Lends a Hand
In this Discovery News video, meet UMan, a robot that can interact with its environment and even learn from its experiences.
Episode 58 - CES Robots!
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
Extreme Robots
From the archives of Discovery: As technology evolves, robots become capable of more and more tasks. Learn more about robots in this video.
Future Car: Robot Cars
Thanks to automatrix, cars will become a moving intelligent machine. Learn more about automatrix on Discovery Channel's "Future Car."
G Word: Aqua Robot
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.
GI Factory: Andros F6A Disarms a Bomb
On the Military Channel's "GI Factory," watch the Andros F6A military robot in action as it attempts to handle a cooler containing explosives.
GI Factory: Andros F6A Robot
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.
GI Factory: Andros F6A's Eyes and Ears
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."
GI Factory: Building an Andros F6A
Watch an Andros F6A robot being built from start to finish on the Military Channel's "GI Factory."
GI Factory: Refurbished Robots
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."
GI Factory: The Andros F6A Robot
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."
Haile - A Duet with the Robotic Percussionist
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
Haile - Beat Detection by 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
Haile - Crowd Reactions to 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:
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
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
Haile - The Robotic Improvisational Percussionist (Part 2)
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
Haile Shows Off to a Test Subject
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
Household Robots
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
How It's Made: Football Helmets
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.
How Pleo Works
Although Pleo is a robot, it can learn from situations, and appear incredibly lifelike. Learn more about Pleo in this HowStuffWorks video.
Howe And Howe Tech: BEAR
Meet the engineers and builders behind the BEAR, a humanoid robot designed to retrieve injured soldiers from combat zones.
Howe And Howe Tech: Crawlers
The Howe brothers get muddy demonstrating their all-terrain rock crawler vehicles.
Howe And Howe Tech: Pipe Cutting
A look inside the Howe brothers' intricate pipe-cutting process.
Howe And Howe Tech: Treads
The engineers behind BEAR describe its unique tread system.
Infant Driving
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.
Is is Possible: Iron Man
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!
Is It Possible: Monkey Brain
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.
Is It Possible: Robotic Babysitter
Designed to explore Mars, the hearing, seeing, and sniffing Ground-Bot can now be found patrolling airports and playgrounds.
Killer Robots: Avalanche vs. Pummel Bug
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.
Killer Robots: Combat Highlights
Check out even more of the best moments from the RoboGames 2011 heavyweight combat event. Beware of projectile bolts and spontaneous bursts of flame.
Killer Robots: Death and Taxes vs. Breaker Box
Death and Taxes and Breaker Box go head to head during RoboGames 2011. Watch the sparks fly...literally.
Killer Robots: Double Rainbow Party vs. Gruff
Can Double Rainbow Party spin "right round" the tough Gruff? Watch this heavyweight combat match from RoboGames 2011 and find out.
Killer Robots: DxTer vs. Scrap Hammer
Watch as robotic heavyweights DxTer and Scrap Hammer go head to head in all out combat. Which machine will emerge the victor?
Killer Robots: Fire-Fighting
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.
Killer Robots: KJO vs. Vice Crypt
Will KJO prevail against Vice Crypt's death grip? Watch these two robots square off in a fight to the finish.
Killer Robots: Kung-Fu Chop
Complex robots go head to head in the RoboGames 2011 Kung-Fu event.
Killer Robots: Live Free or Die vs. Pump
Bring in the new and throw out the old. Live Free or Die and Pump get ready for battle.
Killer Robots: OBladerator vs. Live Free or Die
Which machine will emerge victorious and earn the ultimate honor in mechanical combat inner circles and eternal bragging rights?
Killer Robots: Pump 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.
Killer Robots: Ragin Scotsman vs. Bounty Hunter
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?
Killer Robots: Robot Stretch
Who says you have to have muscles to enjoy a good stretch? Watch as this perfectly balanced bot gets nimble at RoboGames 2011.
Killer Robots: Son of Ziggy vs. Scrap Hammer
Will Son of Ziggy turn Scrap Hammer into a pile of scrap metal?
Killer Robots: Vicious Combot Mashup
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.
Machines: Bowling Pinsetters
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.
Men on Mars - 1
Is man's fate tied to the Red Planet? Scientists debate the future of space exploration.
Men on Mars - 2
The president of the Mars Society makes a passionate case for a manned planetary mission to the red planet.
MIT's Robocopter
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.
MythBusters: Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa
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.
MythBusters: Paper Armor Aftershow
Tory Belleci apologizes for his profanity, but that Hero Pond was REALLY cold. And yes, Grant Imahara lives with robots (don't you?).
MythBusters: RoboShark
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.
NextWorld: What is a Bio-brain?
Find out how biological computers and nanobots may drive the cars of the future in this video from Discovery's "NextWorld" series.
One Step Beyond: Starbug
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.
Planet 100: Robots to the Rescue
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."
Ray Kurzweil on the Future of Nano Robotics
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.
Really Big Things: Automatic Guided Vehicles
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."
Robot Car Drives Itself
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.
Robot Dancer
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.
Robot Music
From the archives of Discovery: As technology evolves, robots become capable of more and more tasks. Learn more about robots.
Robotic Brush Fights Gum Disease
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.
Robotic Car Wrecks
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.
Robotic Chauffeur
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".
Robotic Hand
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.
Robotic Hummer Turns Heads
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.
Robotic Jeep Makes Successful Desert Drive
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.
Robotic Space Missions
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
Robotic Vision Makes Driving Mistakes
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
Sci Fi Science: Building a Sci Fi Robot
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?
Sci Fi Science: Superbot
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?
Science of the Impossible: VR Space Robot
On Discovery Channel's "Science of the Impossible," learn how virtual reality can be used to control robots in space.
Sister Wives: Meet the Brown Family
They're not the polygamists you think you know. Meet the Brown family and peek into the real lives of a real polygamist family.
Soccer-playing Robots Communicate and Coordinate
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
Some Assembly Required: Casket Assembly
Watch the assembly line process for making a casket lid on Discovery Channel's "Some Assembly Required."
Space: DNews Top Video Picks, Episode 1
UFOs! Robonauts! Personal travel pods! See them here in our weekly Discovery News video review.
Space: NASA Hover Test Flight Explained
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.
Space: Robonaut 2, Your Future Coworker
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.
Spacewalkers: Mars Space Robots
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."
Teaching Robots to Swim
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
Tech: Animatronic Eye Mechanism Explained
These animatronic eyes are so realistic they're almost creepy. So how do they work? Jorge Ribas finds out.
Tech: Exoskeleton Helps Student Walk 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.
Tech: Green Light for Robotic Roads
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.
The Evolution of Robots
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
Understanding: Robots and Mass Customization
See how robots play a major role in speeding up the manufacturing process of mass customization on TLC's "Understanding."
Warbots: Bomb Disposal
The Army's latest "bomb squad" robots are the front-line soldiers in Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD).
Warbots: DARPA Grand Challenge
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.
Warbots: Saving Lives
Another vital role that may be performed by robots in the future is the dangerous mission of evacuating casualties under fire.
Warbots: Waterbots and MULE's
Learn more about the Navy's search for an underwater mine detecting robot (Robolobster!) and a vision for a multifunction robotic future.
What role will robots play in future medicine?
Senior HowStuffWorks Writer Jonathan Strickland discuss the future of medicine and robotics.
What the Ancients Knew: Karakuri Dolls
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."
Will Robots Replace Humans?
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
Will there be cyborgs in the future?
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.