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Computers See Human Pain Better Than You

A new study reveals that expression recognition software performs way better than humans at discriminating between real and fake emotion.

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The Love Bot

The danger of falling for a machine that’s just not that into you

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Antbots to the Rescue!

An army of insect-sized robot rescuers may some day help save lives after a disaster.

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Robot Deathmatch

In the minor leagues of the tech world, homemade robots duke it out in the bowels of the San Mateo fairgrounds.

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Why Robot Maids Won’t Do the Dishes

How hard is it to design a humanlike robot? Harvard’s Steven Pinker highlights how simple human accomplishments represent formidable robotics challenges.

20,000 Robots Under the Sea

Jules Jaffe of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography is developing an army of underwater explorers that researchers hope will produce a fine-grained, real-time map of the movements of the sea.

Different Cultures, Different Robots

Industry might seem like a universal language, but how different cultures are husbanding their robots shows there are several dialects.

Cockroaches and Running Robots

Researchers are using cockroaches as inspiration for robots that run.

Gecko Feet and Adhesives

Scientists are adapting the gecko’s ‘sticky feet’ to create bonding materials for sporting equipment and robots.

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What Kind of Beat Makes You Want to Groove?

The science behind the rhythms that get you on the dance floor.

Pollution’s Racial Divides

When it comes to the injustice of air pollution, the divide between blacks and whites is greater than the gap between the rich and the poor.

Hunger and Low Blood Sugar Can Spur Domestic Quarrels

In an experiment, scientists found a correlation between low blood glucose and higher levels of spousal frustration.

Your Brain Starts Faltering After You Reach Age … 24

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Cavemen Were Awesome Parents

Toy hand axes, rock bashing, and special burials indicate that Neanderthals were cooler parents than previously thought, according to a new theory.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014