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Japan Robots To Farm Tsunami-Damaged Zone

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 6, 2012

In a region of the world that’s down on its luck, robots are stepping up to the plate to save Japan’s ravaged agricultural production. At least that’s what the ministry responsible for the experiment hopes the “Dream Project” will accomplish. After the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated Japan in March, the government is trying out a new project to help rejuvenate the struggling sector.


According to AFP, Japan is planning to spend $52 million in the next 6 years to instate robots on farmland decimated by floodwater from the tsunami. The robots will work the fields and box crops when they are ready for harvest.


Last month, the Japanese government revealed that plans to decommission the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant will take at least 40 years. New kinds of robots also will be needed to remove melted fuel from the plant.


It remains to be seen how successful the farming initiative will be; it may be too late for robots to come to Japan’s rescue. As The Japan Times notes, many expected robots to be deployed immediately after the disaster, and were disillusioned by the immediate response to the damaged reactors at Fukushima.


Still, it’s been a big year for robots in Japan — they’ve also shown their prowess at pouring drinks,climbing ladders, and washing hair.

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Nasa Launches Giant Rover Into Space To Land On Mars

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 26, 2011


Nasa has launched a giant one-tonne rover nicknamed ‘Curiosity’ into space which is due to arrive on Mars in August next year.

The rover, which is tucked inside a capsule, departed from Florida at 10.02am (3.02pm GMT) on an Atlas 5 rocket. The machine will take eight-and-a-half months to reach its destination, touching down on 6 August 2012.

Once landed, the robot will travel Mars to scour soil and rocks for any signs of life. It will look for past or current environments on the Red Planet capable of supporting microbial life.

Nasa expected a communication from the spacecraft around an hour after the machine took off. Experts will then be able to tell if the the machine is still intact and survived the launch. The Atlas capsule flight, travelling at 10km/s, lasted around 45 minutes, after which it ejected the Curiosity rover towards the Martian planet.

The rover is estimated to land at a deep depression on Mars called Gale Crater, which according to the BBC, contains a central mountain rising 5km above the plain. The site was chosen due to previous pictures of sediments which would have been deposited by large volumes of water.

The rover, also known as Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), is part of a $2.5bn (£1.6bn) two-year mission to study rocks, soils and atmosphere in the crater.

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Making Robots Human: National Geographic Probes Robots That Act, Look Like Us (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 2, 2011

“In five or ten years robots will routinely be functionin­g in human environmen­ts,” says Reid Simmons, a professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon. Yes this is interestin­g and very important point to be noted that there will still be lots of difference­s between robot and human being.
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Japan Earthquake 2011: Robots Deployed To Aid Recovery Efforts

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 14, 2011

In the country of emperor of technology­.
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