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Behind the scenes with the Fe Maidens at this year's FIRST Robotics Competition [Video]

Scientific American was back at the FIRST New York City regional robotics competition this year. We've covered the event more generally in the past but this year decided to focus on one team in particular—not an easy decision to make when you consider there were dozens of talented, hard-working squads competing for a chance to go to the championship round next month in St...

March 25, 2011 — Larry Greenemeier

Seconds Before the Big One

Earthquake detection systems can sound the alarm in the moments before a big tremor strikes—time enough to save lives

March 22, 2011 — Richard Allen
Can You See Me Now?

Can You See Me Now?

A camera with a unique, spherical lens may bring single-shot gigapixel cameras closer to reality

March 18, 2011 — Larry Greenemeier

From iPhones to SciPhones

Scientists are developing iPhone apps that aid in research and that appeal to "citizen scientists" as well

March 18, 2011 — Charles Q. Choi

Where Are the Talking Robots?

Teaching a machine to speak has been a dream for decades. First, we have to figure out how we know what we know about language

March 10, 2011 — Joshua K. Hartshorne

Self-Aware Robots?

Journalist Charles Choi talks about work being done to make robots self-aware. Plus, we test your knowledge about some recent science in the news

March 2, 2011 — Steve Mirsky
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