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Video: Two robot fighting teams — MegaBots in the US and Suidobashi Heavy Industries in Japan — challenged each other to a duel once upon a time. Both accepted, but the actual showdown is yet to happen. This stress test conducted by the MegaBots team on their giant mech might give some answer about how it will fare if a clash goes down.

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If you hate vacuuming as much as you hate spending money, it turns out you don't need to spend hundreds of dollars on an autonomous robotic vacuum like the Roomba. With some scavenged electronics and a cheap handheld vac, you can just build your own.

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Last week, Brock Ray Bunge ran into a field in suburban Los Angeles with a shotgun. He was being pursued by the LA Sheriff's Department for allegedly attempting to kill one person and robbing two others. You might expect a story like this to end in a nasty shoot-out. But instead, you can chalk up another first for a police robot. The Sheriff's Department deployed its robot to sneak up behind Bunge and grab his gun.

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Quadrotors need outside help to navigate and perform their remarkable stunts, whether it be a human behind the controls or an array of complex sensors placed around a room. But not this one. Developed by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, this drone is practically autonomous — which means it's an actual drone. The future is finally here.

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Most drones aren't particularly scary. Aside from maybe gashing you open if they crash into you, there's not much harm they can do. Until you add a pair of articulated arms with claws on the end, which turns drones into some kind of giant cyborg eagle ready to snatch babies and the elderly right off their feet.

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Video: The robotic versions of competitive sports are usually disappointing at best — but not when it comes to sumo wrestling. The human titans who try to slowly push each other out of a circular ring are actually far less exciting than these tiny zippy robots whose matches are usually over almost as quickly as they begin.

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Agricultural equipment manufacturer Case IH, a unit of CNH Industrial, just unveiled a seriously intimidating-looking tractor at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa. Called the Autonomous Concept Vehicle, the robotic tractor can be programmed using a tablet computer.

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At the Australian Cancer Research Foundation Child Cancer Personalised Medicine Centre, specialised robots are working 24/7, rapidly testing hundreds of treatments for kids with high-risk cancers.

Originally designed to develop new drugs, the facility is being put to a new use in the quest to match the safest, most effective drugs to individual cancer patients' treatment needs. By testing the efficacy of already-approved drugs and their combinations against each child's unique cancer cells, the robots will help identify those most likely to kill their specific cancer.

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By 2034/35, almost 20 per cent of Australians (6.2 million) are projected to be aged 65 or over. One sector already feeling the impact of the ageing population is construction. In Queensland, the number of construction workers aged 55 and over increased from 8% of full-time workers in 1992 to 14.2% in 2014. An ageing workforce is likely to increase the need for less physically demanding jobs or maybe technology might address this issue. Task automation and the industry’s innovation culture are two of the greatest areas of uncertainty for the construction industry.

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A teenage pregnancy prevention programme involving a baby simulator does not appear to have any long-term effect on reducing the risk of teenage pregnancy, according to the first randomised controlled trial to test the effectiveness of this intervention.

In fact, the study found that teenage girls who took part were more, not less, likely to become pregnant compared to girls who did not take part. Oops.