A few days away from the editorial helm and the mailbox is overflowing with robot stories again. Let's see, Jan sent us a link to a NetworkWorld story on Axel, the NASA mountain climbing robot. Doug let us know about research done at the PERCRO lab in Germany that resulted in a robot that uses stereo vision and algorithms inspired by the human brain to navigate and avoid obstacles. Mark sent us some video showing off some of his customized versions of consumer robots. The Swirling Brain accumulated stories on a pong-playing robot, the appearance of a Hanson Robotics Einstein head at the TED conference, a nice gallery of retro robot scuptures, a gallery of updated terminator robots, and a techradar story that gets inside the "minds" of thinking computers. Know any other robot news, gossip, or amazing facts we should report? Send 'em our way please.