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Japan's robots eye car industry to take up smartphone slack

TOKYO (Reuters) - As the breakneck growth in the global smartphone market eases, the mostly Japanese companies that make the robots that build the phones are looking to automakers to take up the slack.Full story

Intuitive cuts sales, surgery forecasts, hit by FDA warning

(Reuters) - Intuitive Surgical Inc <ISRG.O> shares fell 11 percent after the company slashed its 2013 sales forecast due to disappointing demand for its da Vinci surgical robots and procedures, and said U.S. regulators had issued a warning letter after an inspection of its facilities in June. Full story

Perfect 10: Robot gymnast does quadruple backflip

  This little guy may not be heading to the Olympics any time soon, but his gymnastics skills are still impressive; watch him nail the landing on a quadruple backflip.

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  Snake robots slithers where others fear to tread

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are developing snake robots that can climb into hard-to-reach places, from the crevices between walls, to the small pockets inside the human body. Matt Rivera reports.

  How to prevent ‘summer brain drain’ in kids

It can be tough to keep kids busy, sharp, and engaged while they’re heading to camp and having fun over the summer, but lifestyle expert Amy Goodman has tips on how to avoid the dreaded summer brain drain.

  Talking robot about to head to space

Scientists in Tokyo unveiled two robots, one of which will be launching to the International Space Station. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

  Bogota robots gear up for soccer competition

Robot soccer stars in Colombia are preparing for an annual soccer tournament in the Netherlands. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

   Groovy! Watch this robot dance ‘Gangnam Style’

A new robot developed in South Korea named “Hubo Two” has some serious dance moves, including PSY’s iconic steps.

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Components mounted on a circuit board by robotic chip mounter are seen at Panasonic Factory Solutions Co. in Showa town, Yamanashi prefecture, April 19, 2013. As the breakneck growth in the global smartphone market eases, the mostly Japanese companies that make the robots that build the phones are l

Robotic chip mounters are seen at Panasonic Factory Solutions Co. in Showa town, Yamanashi prefecture
Robotic chip mounters are seen at Panasonic Factory Solutions Co. in Showa town, Yamanashi prefecture

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