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Try, Robot: Darpa contest sends new humanoids into ‘nuclear reactor’

At an event that combines the feel of a trade fair with a Mythbusters episode, robots compete in navigating simulation of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant

Darpa robotics challenge: South Korea’s humanoid nets team $2m

US defense department awards prizes in event that featured robots built and piloted with funding from sources that included Amazon and Nasa

Google takes aim at the internet of things with new Brillo operating system

Search firm has designs on fully connected houses following its acquisition of smart-device company Nest and wants to be bigger than just Android

New self-driving Google car smaller and even less reliant on human assistance

Only a single person is required in an emergency to take over the more compact car with a detachable steering wheel, gas pedal and brake pedal

Tesla’s new low-cost battery: ‘the missing piece’ in sustainable energy?

Elon Musk says ‘this is within the power of humanity to do so’ as he unveils new batteries in effort to change the way the world consumes energy

DIY drones: don’t confuse homemade UAVs with military killing machines

Google’s Eric Schmidt has suggested they will be used for surveillance, but those who make them insist they have benefits