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Could robots be counselors? Early research shows positive user experience

Science Daily - Robotics - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 19:27
New research has shown for the first time that a social robot can deliver a 'helpful' and 'enjoyable' motivational interview (MI) -- a counseling technique designed to support behavior change.

First-in-world robot-assisted spinal surgery

Science Daily - Robotics - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 19:27
Penn neurosurgeons and otolaryngologists performed the first robot-assisted spinal surgery. The robotic arms made it possible for the team to successfully remove a rare tumor in the patient's neck.

Morphing twisted nanoscale objects to tailor applications in future technologies

Science Daily - Robotics - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 15:17
For the first time scientists have created a way to model the interaction between light and twisted molecules, as these molecules transition from left- to right-handed versions, or vice versa. The transitional forms offer a deeper insight into material symmetries and their unexpected behavior could lead to improved design of telecoms components.
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