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Watch the World's Highest Glass Bridge Get Sledgehammered

China's Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon glass-bottomed bridge is so high most of the world's buildings would fit in the gap between it and the canyon floor. So why not hit it?

This Man Built His Own Life-size Robot Version of a Hollywood Star

Just call it RoboScarJo 2.0. But what does it mean for privacy rights when someone can literally objectify another human being, celebrity or otherwise, like this?

Prof's Teaching Assistant Isn't Human

Any guesses as to what it was, if not some grad student?

Swallowed a Battery? No Problem. Just Eat This Tiny Robot, Too.

Doctors see it all, including 3,500 people who swallow button batteries annually. Soon those docs may get help from tiny, edible robots that can retrieve foreign objects.

Tiny Robot Monk Joins the Fold at Beijing Buddhist Temple

The diminutive robot Xian'er was based on a cartoon, and can chat about Buddhism using artificial intelligence programming.

The Possible Uses of This ‘Second Skin’ Are Pretty Amazing

If you give us a tunable polysiloxane-based material, 21st century Americans can’t resist going full-on Kardashian with it.

Skyscrapers of the Future Could Be Made of Wood

Steel and glass office towers are the norm in most modern cities. But some imaginative architects want to switch to a renewable, less carbon-intensive old standby: wood.

Tiny Robots Take on Heavy Metals in Wastewater

Scientists created microbots that can remove pollutants from contaminated water. Could these simple machines provide an efficient way to clean up toxic wastewater?

Big Cities, Big Ideas: Getting Around in the Future

A lot of people live in cities now. Even more will live in them in the future. What are the big ideas for getting them where they need to go?

Hanging With the Robot Experts at SXSW Interactive 2016

And here's what we learned: Humans could "get along better" with robots if we incorporated more social cues in the 'bots.

When Will U.S. Subway Design Catch Up With the Rest of the World?

An open-gangway style of subway train could increase ridership by 10 percent. The United States could adopt that soon, with New York and Honolulu paving the way.

Does Grandpa Need Help in the Bathroom? Send in C-3PO

Automated elder care is an inevitability, so let's have fun with the design.

Robotic Animals Are Helping to Catch Poachers

In the battle to stop wildlife poaching, law enforcement officials are increasingly using an army of robotic animals that fool illegal hunters.

Robotic Prosthesis Lets Drummers Play a Three-armed Cyborg Beat

Researchers are giving percussionists a hand by creating smart technology that can improvise a beat to play along with a drummer.

A Small Shove for a Robot, a Giant Leap for Robotkind

In their new footage of Atlas, Boston Dynamics isn't just picking on a robot. They’re demonstrating mastery of some of the most difficult issues in robotics.

How Rude! Computer Scientists are Building an Enraged Robot

They want to help companies figure out how to keep their customers happy.

Study: Elderly See Potential in Robotic Help, But Worry About Robot Autonomy

The elderly make up an increasingly large segment of the population. Robots could fill some needs, but older people are wary of machines having too much control.

Robotic Hedgehog Ready for Space Adventures

And here we thought Sonic had no fear.

Robots Are Rare in the Construction Industry, but That Could Soon Change

Unlike many other industries, construction hasn't yet been revolutionized by automation. But pretty soon, robotic workers may do everything but tote a lunch pail.

Robotic Bartender Serves Proof That More Info May Not Mean Better Decisions

A robotic bartender showed how complex it can be to process a drink order — and how that could affect service robot design.

Wikipedia Is Losing Editors. AI Could Help

A lot of editors have left the crowdsourced encyclopedia over the last few years. AI could help smooth some of those editorial feathers.

Robot Taxis to the Planet's Rescue

The environmental impact of gasoline-powered taxis is staggering. Robot taxis could help out with that little emissions problem.

Yamaha’s Motobot Was Created to Surpass You

Yamaha’s autonomous motorcycle-riding robot is a better rider than you. Or it will be by 2017, anyway.

The Mosquito Alarm May Be Breaching Your Human Rights

That is, if you're under the age of 25 and your hearing's intact.

You Might Be Knitting With Gelatin Soon

Researchers have figured out how to turn agricultural byproducts such as gelatin, keratin and casein into "slaughterhouse yarn."