Random Robot Roundup

Posted 18 Mar 2013 at 20:14 UTC by steve Share This

We've got two weeks of random stories to unload from the editor's inbox, so let's get started! The University of Michigan says roboticists have a lot to learn from cockroaches. Researchers at Purdue think they're onto a solution for the dendrite problem that causes lithium-ion batteries to explode, and it could make batteries safer, while allowing higher energy densities and faster charging. While we're celebrating better batteries, it's a good time to mention the Raspberry Pi's first birthday party. They're having a webinar on new accessories to celebrate (they've already had their cake). Also, via the website, Eben Upton's keynote address at PyCon. Roboticists at CMU have been busy robotically disassembling Oreo cookies. MIT is happy about their team of Shafi Goldwasser and Silvio Micali winning the Turing Award for their work in cryptography and complexity theory. AUVSI has released a new study finding that (surprise!) AUVs are good for the economy and will create 70,000 new jobs over the next three years. A reader asked us to remind you about Tekkotsu, a nice Free Software framework for robotics development and education, check it out. Mario Tremblay wrote a blog post over at the RobotShop claiming that "all sciences lead to robotics". Our friends over at the IEEE Spectrum Automaton blog have an interesting post on brainless bristle-bots exhibiting swarm behavior. Know any other robot news, gossip, or amazing facts we should report? Send 'em our way please. Don't forget to follow us on twitter and Facebook. And now you can add us to your Google+ circles too.

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