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Bomb squad robots to the rescue

A police robot helps defuse an explosive situation at the White House, in this photo gallery of machines in risky times.

Bomb squad robots to the rescue

A police robot hands a piece of communications equipment to the driver of a red van at the scene of a standoff between the driver of the van and police, one block from the White House, two days before the second inauguration of President Bush. The driver reportedly threatened to blow up 15 gallons of gasoline he had in the van if he did not get his child back--a domestic dispute, rather than terrorism.

Credit: Reuters


Bomb squad robots to the rescue

The Oregon State Police Bomb Squad maneuvers its Medford Ferret robot into a building.

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Bomb squad robots to the rescue

The Oregon State Police Salem Bomb Squad's truck with a total containment vessel and an Andros 6A Robot.

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Bomb squad robots to the rescue

This Baghdad police robot, donated by the United States, is used to detonate or disable confirmed bombs in the strife-torn city.

Credit: KRT World News


Bomb squad robots to the rescue

This urban robot (Urbie) with stair-climbing abilities is a joint effort of NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, iRobot, the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Southern California Robotics Research Laboratory.

Credit: NASA