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Digital Trends - by Luke Dormehl - 05/30/2018

When you look at how many startups offer well-stocked cafeterias among their employee perks, it’s no great surprise to hear that people working in the tech industry love food. But how many love it enough to launch their own restaurant? At least four: Recent MIT graduates Brady Knight, Michael Farid, Luke Schlueter and Kale Rogers. They recently launched a new fast food restaurant called Spyce. Its hook? The fact that the entire kitchen is staffed by robots.

The Verge - by Andrew J. Hawkins - 05/30/2018

Five years after California governor Jerry Brown signed legislation authorizing digital license plates to be sold in his state, the new-fangled digital display boards are finally hitting the streets. According to The Sacramento Bee, the new plates began rolling out this week, and unsurprisingly, they don’t come cheap.

deZeen - by Rima Sabina Aouf - 05/24/2018

French researchers from the Femto-ST Institute have used micro-robots to assemble the world's smallest house, which stands just 0.015 millimetres high.

The tiny house, which has a footprint of 0.02 millimetres by 0.01 millimetres, is around half a million times smaller than a regular two-storey house.

Sitting on the top of an optical fibre the house has a traditional gabled roof, four windows, a door, chimney and walls made of an ultra-thin silica membrane that is just 0.0012 millimetres thick.

ZDNet - by Larry Dignan - 01/17/2018

CA Technologies said it will work on cobotics, collaborative robots designed to work with humans, with researchers in Finland to examine how to build human-to-robot workflows.

The company said it will work with Tampere University of Technology in Finland and Tieto, a Finnish IT software and services company.

Inverse - by Nick Lucchesi - 05/14/2018

When Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX president, was interviewed at the 2018 TED conference in April in Vancouver, she spoke of how the aerospace company headed by Elon Musk would take people across the planet in a half-hour, thanks for the BFR — Big Falcon Rocket — which is in development by the company.

Daily Mail - by Tim Collins - 05/23/2018

Researchers found neurons could be trained to join with one another
They did so using a tiny scaffold called a 'synthetic neuron-adhesive material'
Neuron cells were placed on microscopic structures that look like frying pans
Connecting fibres stretched out from the centre to the left and to the right
A pathway was formed when two of these scaffolds were placed side by side
The finding could be the first step toward the creation of an artificial brain

RT&S - by William Vantuono - 05/04/2018

Alstom's Coradia iLint, the world's first hydrogen fuel cell powered regional passenger train, has won the 2018 GreenTec Award in the Mobility category by Germany-based Schaeffler Group Industrial, a manufacturer of machinery, power transmission and railway, heavy industry and consumer products with facilities around the world.

Digital Trends - by Brenda Stolyar - 05/15/2018

With a simple tap on our smartphone, you’re able to control a lot around us — whether it’s the music playing from your Bluetooth speaker, the Netflix show on your TV, or even your AC unit. But what if you could also use your phone to alter what your clothes looked like? That’s where ChroMorphous technology — an active, user-controlled color-changing fabric — comes in.

Los Angeles Times - by Sean Greene - 04/20/2018

Here's one way to tackle the dreaded task of assembling your Ikea furniture: Get a robot to do it for you.

With some off-the-shelf robotics hardware and a substantial amount of programming, researchers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore built a machine capable of assembling the Swedish megastore's Stefan chair in just over 20 minutes.

The Times - by Will Pavia - 04/23/2018

When a community group began trying to clean the notoriously filthy Chicago River the task seemed both unpleasant and never-ending.

Volunteers would venture out in kayaks to pick out the floating rubbish but more arrived on the current, accumulating in floating “gardens” installed to filter the brown water.

They needed an aquatic dustman that would always be there, said Nicholas Wesley, co-founder of Urban Rivers, so they developed a robot rubbish collector and turned the business of picking up bottles and plastic bags into a computer game that could be played all over the world.