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Apr. 22, 2011

Science Diction: The Origin Of The Word 'Robot'

Robot was the brainchild of the Czech playwright Karel Čapek, who introduced it in a 1920 play.

science diction, words, history, robot

Aug. 23, 2013

A Robot Lab to Survey the Sea Floor

Researchers are developing a DNA-sampling robot for undersea exploration.

robots, hydrothermal vents, dna analysis, pcr, polymerase chain reaction, undersea, William Ussler, mbari, monterey bay aquarium research institute

Apr. 25, 2008

Building Social Robots

Sure, robots can weld car parts or stack cartons on an assembly line. But can they develop friendships with people? In this hour, Ira talks with inventors developing robots with personalities. How soon will it be before social, lovable robots enter our ho

robots, technology, social robotics, first

Apr. 27, 2012

Designing the Pied Piper of Fish

Maurizio Porfiri designed a robotic fish that attract real fish. Now he’s trying to understand why.

robotics, robot fish, mechanical engineering, fish, marine biology

Jun. 24, 2011

Author Of ‘Robopocalypse’ On The Future Of Robotics

Daniel H. Wilson, who has a Ph.D. in robotics, talks about his new book, Robopocalypse.

fiction robot terminator sarah connor

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Michael Pollan Talks Plants and Food

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How Humpbacks Hunt With Bubbles

Humpback whales blow bubbles around schools of fish to concentrate them for easier capture. It's called a bubble net, says David Wiley, research coordinator for Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and it's visible as a ring of bubbles at the surface. Now, with underwater digital tracking tags and custom visualization software, whale researchers can see what the whales are doing underwater when they're bubble-netting.

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