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2010-05-12 11:36:41

Space Shuttle Atlantis, ready for liftoff on Friday, will deliver important hardware from Europe to the International Space Station: spare portions of the European Robotic Arm and the first Russian payloads to use the arm. The European Robotic Arm (ERA) is the second 'intelligent' robot arm for the International Space Station (ISS). The first, used extensively for ISS assembly for almost 10 years, is Canadarm-2 "“ an iconic part of the ISS photos. The second arm, for launch in 2012,...

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2010-04-28 06:00:00

A new tool for dieters is scheduled to be released later this year, but this one actually talks to you and tells you what you need to hear. A robot, named Autom, developed by Cory Kidd, a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will allow dieters to have encouraging interactions with the 15-inch-tall device, as it counts calories and provides feedback about their weight-loss progress. Autom has a unique computer inside its head that allows it to search out a human face in...

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2010-04-16 15:11:03

Space shuttle Discovery astronauts secured the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Leonardo in the cargo bay this morning, wrapping up its delayed move from the International Space Station. Leonardo had spent the crew's night at the end of the station's Canadarm2 just above Discovery's payload bay after balky bolts delayed its departure from the orbiting laboratory's Harmony module. Mission Specialists Stephanie Wilson and Naoko Yamazaki used the arm to cover the final feet of the first stage of...

2010-04-14 08:00:00

WASHINGTON, April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA will launch the first human-like robot to space later this year to become a permanent resident of the International Space Station. Robonaut 2, or R2, was developed jointly by NASA and General Motors under a cooperative agreement to develop a robotic assistant that can work alongside humans, whether they be astronauts in space or workers at GM manufacturing plants on Earth. The 300-pound R2 consists of a head and a torso with two arms and two...

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2010-04-05 14:25:00

More than just a household convenience, the project is a step forward in the robotic manipulation of non-rigid objects Who wouldn't want a robot that could make your bed or do the laundry? Well, a team of Berkeley researchers has brought us one important step closer by, for the first time, enabling an autonomous robot to reliably fold piles of previously unseen towels. Robots that can do things like assembling cars have been around for decades. The towel-folding robot, though, is doing...

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2010-03-29 10:50:00

Biomimetic guidance could make AUVs more truly autonomous Clever as a blind fish, the underwater robot "Snookie" can orient itself in murky waters with an artificial sensory organ inspired by the so-called lateral-line system, found in fish and some amphibians. The experimental vehicle was developed by researchers at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen within the framework of the CoTeSys (Cognition for Technical Systems) excellence cluster. In the future, the researchers expect such...

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2009-09-18 10:13:53

TECNALIA Technological Corporation has introduced innovative robots at Euskotren's station in Atxuri (Bilbao) and which are mobile, multifunctional, collaborative, autonomous and polyvalent, suitable for a wide range of work from street cleaning and rubbish collection to accompanying elderly people. This new generation of robots is part of the European DUSTBOT research project under the remit of the VI European Framework Program and in which TECNALIA is participating. These latest generation...

2009-06-22 09:00:00

Combined Power of NI LabVIEW and MobileRobots Inc. Autonomous Bases Helps Speed Cost-Effective Service Robots to Market AUSTIN, Texas, June 22, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) today announced a collaboration that combines the ease of use and flexibility of NI LabVIEW graphical system design software and MobileRobots Inc's MOBILEROBOTSindoors autonomous mobile platforms to help engineers rapidly deploy service robot applications. Engineers working on...

2009-06-18 14:24:28

Bioengineers at Duke University have developed a laboratory robot that can successfully locate tiny pieces of metal within flesh and guide a needle to its exact location -"“ all without the need for human assistance. The successful proof-of-feasibility experiments lead the researchers to believe that in the future, such a robot could not only help treat shrapnel injuries on the battlefield, but might also be used for such medical procedures as placing and removing radioactive "seeds"...

2009-05-13 05:00:00

CONYERS, Ga., May 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- GeckoSystems Intl. Corp. (PINK SHEETS: GCKO) announced today that they have signed a fundamental business agreement that will protect GeckoSystems' Intellectual Properties and allow SIASUN Robot & Automation Co., Ltd. to become a preferred Asian business and technology partner. GeckoSystems is a dynamic leader in the emerging mobile robotics industry revolutionizing their development and usage with "Mobile Robot Solutions for Safety, Security...


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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'