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Maybe Not Sci-Fi, But Robots Readied For Big Tests

By Geoff Mulvihill and Kevin Begos PENNSAUKEN, New Jersey (AP) – The real world has not caught up yet with “Star Wars” and its talking, thinking robots, but some of the most sophisticated units that exist are heading to Florida for a Defense Department-sponsored competition.

‘Bionic Man’ Walks, Breathes With Artificial Parts

By Barbara Ortutay NEW YORK, NY (AP) – Gentlemen, we can rebuild him, after all. We have the technology. The term “bionic man” was the stuff of science fiction in the 1970s, when a popular TV show called “The Six Million Dollar Man” chronicled the adventures of Steve Austin, a former astronaut whose body was [...]

Ham Radio: It’s Social Media, Old School

By Rick Barrett MILWAUKEE, Wisc. (AP) – Long ago, before Facebook, Twitter and email, ham radio operators were the original social media geeks. And they’re still out there, in greater numbers than ever, chatting and messaging each other all over the world without an Internet connection or even a telephone line. Currently, there are more [...]

Robotics Has A Place Milking Cows Down On The Farm

By Annie Siebert SALEM, Penn. (AP) – Milking a cow used to require only a bucket and a person unafraid of being kicked in the face. Now, it takes a lot less manpower, but it requires lasers, computers, iPhone apps and computer chips embedded in cows’ collars. Kepple’s Family Farm in Salem, Westmoreland County, has [...]

ComEd Rolling Out ‘Smart’ Meters, Ameren To Follow

By Tammy Webber CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) – The days of the meter reader are numbered in most of Illinois with the advent of new digital “smart” meters – wireless devices that relay information on electricity consumption directly to utilities. Commonwealth Edison began installing meters to officially kick off a hard-won program by it and Ameren [...]