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Is Walking Overrated?

Does the fawning media coverage of new technological advancements in human exoskeleton design invalidate the lives of millions of wheelchair-dependent people around the world?

What Makes You So Smart?

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What Makes You So Smart, Maja Mataric?

After leaving Serbia for the United States as a teenager, Maja Mataric became one of the world’s top robotics experts. She tells Noah Davis how and why it happened.

Quick Studies

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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.

 

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.

 

Robotics Handbook Scoops up Prize

It’s awards season in the academic publishing world, too.

 

The Complete Book of Robots

A comprehensive new robotics handbook raises the question: Will we take these machines into our everyday lives? A Miller-McCune interview of the University of Naples’ Bruno Siciliano.

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Geography, Race, and LOLs

The online lexicon spreads through racial and ethnic groups as much as it does through geography and other traditional linguistic measures.

Feeling—Not Being—Wealthy Cuts Support for Economic Redistribution

A new study suggests it's relative wealth that leads people to oppose taxing the rich and giving to the poor.

Sufferers of Social Anxiety Disorder, Your Friends Like You

The first study of friends' perceptions suggest they know something's off with their pals but like them just the same.

Standing Up for My Group by Kicking Yours

Members of a minority ethnic group are less likely to express support for gay equality if they believe their own group suffers from discrimination.

How Old Brains Learn New Tricks

A new study shows that the neural plasticity needed for learning doesn't vanish as we age—it just moves.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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