Robot Roundup: 4 Robots to Change the World

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Robots seem to be cropping up in the news a lot lately, and everyone likes a robot, right? There’s a robot stingray, cybernetic locusts, a bomb-carrying killer robot and Eric.

Robot Stingray
Scientists have used rat heart cells to make an artificial life-form that can swim through water and follow a light. The flesh of the stingray is made in a mould using silicone, the same as the outer coating of a breast implant . Oh, and it has a skeleton made of pure gold! Wonder how much it cost to make? Get the details on PopularMechanics.

Dallas police use a robot carrying a bomb to kill gunman
Police used a bomb disposal robot to carry a bomb and detonated it near a gunman recently. The gunman is said to have been responsible for 5 deaths and would not back down. This is the first time the police have done this. Will it start a new trend? What if criminals get hold of such robots and start using them to raid banks or worse? What you need to know on CNN.

Bomb Sniffing Locusts
Is this the latest in cybernetic drones? Scientists are training locusts to sniff out bombs and using added hardware LEDs: red for bomb detected, green for no bomb detected. The locusts antennae are much more sensitive than scientists can currently manufacture. And in a slightly Evil Genius way they’re even adding lasers to these insects! Read more on OuterPlaces.

Help rebuild the UKs first robot on Kickstarter
Not all the robots in the news recently are new. This one, called Eric, was originally built in 1928 and wowed audiences with his movements and even speech. The London Science Museum has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the money needed to restore this icon. Head over to the bbc website to find out more.

Kevin Ayre

Kevin is a veteran gamer, coder and artist with a love of fantasy, horror and sci-fi. He's been involved in all sorts of computer games since the 80s, from Trivial Pursuit: A New Beginning to Super Mario Pinball Land, by way of Warzone 2100. He now works remotely from beautiful Pembrokeshire in the UK with his beachcombing other half, Jen.

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