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A pair of autonomous robots developed by Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute will soon be driving through miles of pipes at the U.S. Department of Energy’s former uranium enrichment plant in Piketon, Ohio, to identify uranium deposits on pipe walls.

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Keith Shaw of Robotics Business Review reported last Friday that researchers from IOActive had demonstrated proof of concept ransomware attacks on the popular Pepper and NAO humanoid service robots. The attack was done via a public Wi-Fi network and, interestingly, could be replicated and fine tuned in simulation software.

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In April, two 7-meter maritime surface drones will return to California after an 8-month trip testing technology destined to replace the buoys that in recent years have looked for signs of El Niño. Manufacturer Saildrone, based in Alameda, CA, developed the drones in close collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Washington, D.C. Each drone carries a suite of 15 instruments measuring wind speed, air temperature, sunshine, sea-surface temperature, wave heights, carbon dioxide, oxygen, salinity and ocean currents up to 100 meters deep (via a sonar-like Doppler profiler).

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Robotics Football began in 2011 as a senior design project for engineering students at Notre Dame in Indiana. It has since grown into an annual midwestern tournament involving six universities. Notre Dame’s Fighting Ibots team is shown in a competition with a team from Purdue University, which has been their top in-state rivals. In this latest competition, Notre Dame acknowledged that Purdue fielded “really quick” robots, which are a challenge on defense. Notre Dame featured its new, reengineered center robot, which better aligns the quarterback and center players for more precise play in a scrimmage.

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Boston Dynamics has become famous owing to its robotic dogs, humanoids and payload carrying vehicles. In a new twist, the company shows a robot that can navigate office and warehouse doors. After a technician gives the “Go” command, SpotMini autonomously grasps a door handle and opens a heavy warehouse door with ease.

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