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Watch adorable humanoids battle for the robot soccer world cup

The annual RoboCup competition features humanoid robots trying, and sometimes failing, to play the beautiful game in a series of soccer tournaments.

By July 22, 2015


Could 'Harry Potter'-like invisibility cloaks really exist?

Scientists and researchers are actively working on ways to make cloaking devices reality. A new video from the American Chemical Society shows us how.

By July 24, 2015


No guts, all glory at Robot Soccer World Cup

​Forget FIFA -- the real World Cup has just finished in Brazil and a team of robots from Australia has taken out the top prize.

By July 24, 2014


U.S. droids carry the day at 2011 RoboCup finals

Engineers from Virginia Tech are bringing the Louis Vuitton Humanoid Cup to the U.S. for the first time.

By July 12, 2011


iRobot military bots to patrol 2014 World Cup in Brazil

The battle-tested PackBot 510 will join soldiers, police, and drones to keep the World Cup safe from threats. Will these 30 bots kick a ball around too?

By May 15, 2013


Physics algorithm kick-starts RoboCup soccer bots

Carnegie Mellon's bots have improved programming that might let them beat rivals at RoboCup 2010. They're able to predict where the ball will go instead of just reacting.

By June 14, 2010


Military robot dances Gangnam Style

Navy robot CHARLI-2 can walk, play soccer ... and perform viral dances.

By October 22, 2012


Wall-E, BigDog, Nao, PackBot break into Robot Hall of Fame

Military bots were well represented in the voting for the 2012 inductees. Left out in the cold: Robonaut and Johnny 5.

By October 24, 2012


Firefighting humanoid robot gets drafted into the Navy

Fires, robots, and massive ocean vessels come together at last. The humanoid Saffir robot will soon be handling dangerous firefighting duties on U.S. Navy ships.

By March 20, 2012


Hockey-playing robot can stick it to you

Meet Jennifer. She's cute, she's from Canada, and she wants to play hockey. She may be a robot but she's aiming for the Stanley Cup.

By February 15, 2012