August 9, 1997 |
The space shuttle Discovery's astronauts Friday tested a new robot arm, a 5-foot Japanese wonder intended for precision work on the future space station. The satellite released by the crew, meanwhile, began gathering data on Earth's ozone layer. Astronauts Jan Davis and Stephen Robinson spent much of their second day in orbit flexing the new $100-million arm. It was a slow process with some mistakes; NASA said that's to be expected in a space debut.
August 5, 1994 |
A robot exploring the inside of an active Alaskan volcano began walking again Thursday after its remote power supply was fixed by engineers, scientists said. The eight-legged Dante II robot had started to climb back up the inside of the Mt. Spurr volcano, 90 miles west of Anchorage, Wednesday after completing its science mission when it suffered a loss of power, they said. It spent the night and part of Thursday stranded some 600 feet below the rim of the crater.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1994 |
For the first and perhaps last time, a life-size, two-story-tall, 42-foot-long, moving and roaring tyrannosaurus will appear this weekend in Orange County. The 6,000-pound steel-and-foam creature, designed by Irvine-based Dinamation International, will be the star attraction of the Kids Stuff Festival at Lion Country Center in Irvine. "When kids see dinosaur bones, they can't picture the whole animal," said Dinamation spokeswoman Wendy Keiper.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1992 |
With students looking on from the docks, the Orange County Marine Institute on Monday unveiled a new remote-controlled underwater vehicle which institute officials say will put them on the cutting edge of ocean exploration. The Mini Rover MK II, a bright yellow robot that resembles a miniature submarine, explored the underside of the docks and the underwater pier pilings in Dana Point Harbor, and transmitted its findings to the students via television screen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1998 |
Chatsworth High School received a $10,000 donation this week from a division of Boeing to fund the school's entry in a national student engineering competition. "Robo Charlie," a robot built by Chatsworth High students for last year's national FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) competition, accepted the check from representatives of the Canoga Park-based Rocketdyne Propulsion & Power.
January 17, 2004 |
British researchers have created a "robot scientist" that can perform experiments, analyze the findings, then design a fresh round of experiments, all more efficiently than the average graduate student. The robot, described Thursday in the journal Nature, was able to figure out the function of genes inside a yeast cell and could theoretically perform other types of tasks, the authors said.
January 2, 1990 |
Going to a shopping mall to buy a robot may sound like a futuristic fantasy, but Jean Du Teau is gambling in the present on science fiction becoming fact. Du Teau owns Robot World, a retail robot store tucked into a Rochester shopping center next to a maternity boutique and an optician's shop. Visitors are greeted at the door by RB5X, a small, gray figure with a shiny domed head who chirps "Hello stranger." Du Teau, president of Rochester Robotics Inc.
November 24, 2000 |
Dancing, kicking, sashaying or asking to be kissed, the robots at the Robodex 2000 exhibition are trying to spread the message that they don't have to carry out useful tasks to make great companions--and bring in big money as well. The exhibition, shown to reporters Thursday ahead of its opening to the public today, brings together the Aibo lion-cub pet robot from Sony Corp., the walking Asimo robot from Honda Motor Co.
August 25, 1989 |
Flush with success, researchers returned Thursday to the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald hoping for more startlingly clear views of the famed vessel 556 feet beneath the surface of Lake Superior. "The tension is off," said Carol Swinehart of Michigan Sea Grant, one of the sponsors of an expedition to explore shipwrecks with a small, deep-water robot that takes three-dimensional video pictures.
March 13, 2004 |
Fifteen teams have qualified for today's $1-million self-navigating-robot race across the Mojave Desert, even though more than half of them failed to finish a flat obstacle course a little more than a mile long during trials. Seven unmanned vehicles -- ranging from dune buggies to a 16-ton truck -- navigated the test course sprinkled with gravel pits, metal rods and other barriers in qualifying runs this week.