Clip from the longer (15 minutes) video showing off the LifeHand 2. 

From the article, 

The subject was able to distinguish the stiffness of the object within 3 seconds, a response comparable to that of a natural hand, and said “When I held an object, I could feel if it was soft or hard, round or square”.

That’s amazing!

Interesting story, too bad the bad guys are off the hook though. 

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Brilliant story that shows how much the internet, and Amazon, have changed the way a small business can start and/or operate. All you need is a good idea, the cost to start up and reach customers can be almost free, minus some Amazon seller fees. 

Came across this sea turtle inspired robot while reading about the (possible) discovery of the Santa Maria ruins. Pretty cool! Apparently a key idea here is that the flaps used will stir up less debris silt etc. than other underwater bots. I wonder if the turtle bot can stabilize for videos/pictures though. 

More info here, and here

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This is pretty big news! The program started in ‘05, and was getting ready for clinical trials in ‘08. 

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Using a pool to simulate spacewalk conditions (no gravity), two astronauts have been testing out techniques and tools for taking core sample of an asteroid. A mission like this isn’t planned until the 2020s or later. 
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 (Photo : NASA/Ames/Farid Salama)

Using a pool to simulate spacewalk conditions (no gravity), two astronauts have been testing out techniques and tools for taking core sample of an asteroid. A mission like this isn’t planned until the 2020s or later. 

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I think something like this would be cool, but there are a few problems. Primarily, power outage, internet problems, and maintenance. People are already busy enough, no one has time to be their own IT department. Just doing routine stuff like upgrading OS and security seems to be tough for the mainstream. 

These spiders do cartwheels (to escape danger)! And the guy who discovered them built a robot that mimics their locomotion. 

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Robot inspired by maggots, for removal of brain tumors!