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Grocery chain Giant Food Stores will be rolling out 500 robots across certain locations in the next six months.

The robot model—known as Marty—is equipped to detect and inform workers of spills, out-of-stock or misplaced items, and can perform price checks as well, but its most adorable feature is a set of googly eyes at the top of its tower-like structure.

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Walmart, one of the biggest retail corporations in the U.S., has filed a patent for an autonomous robot bee, eliciting comparisons to the British futuristic show Black Mirror, which addresses the possibilities and perils of technology.

Robot bees are more formally known as pollination drones, and they are being designed to carry pollen between plants just like regular bees. However, the drones would rely upon technology like sensors and cameras, instead of sensitive antennae, legs and wings.

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[DIGEST: Futurism, CNN]

Brain surgery is a complex, delicate business with little room for error. As surgery becomes more automated, patients may one day have the option to choose between human surgeons, subject to the trials that come with being human, such as fatigue and imprecision, and robot surgeon, strong on precision, but lacking human judgment. While you don’t have that choice yet, researchers at the University of Utah have designed a robotic drill that can perform a complex cranial surgery, which would take a human surgeon two hours, in less than three minutes. This proof of principle study, which demonstrates the effectiveness of the robot, was published in the journal Neurosurgical Focus.

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[DIGEST: Seeker, EclectroOptics, IB Times, Universe Today, Space, NASA]

Technology originally developed for the military to detect airborne biohazards may now be used to search for life on Mars.

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[DIGEST: NBC News, IEEE Spectrum, Wired]

A new humanoid robot named ATLAS is incredibly adept at keeping its balance and getting back up when it’s knocked down. ATLAS is one of the most advanced bipedal robots ever built, causing more than a few defense analysts to speculate about the future of unmanned warfare.

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