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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Maybe not sci-fi, but robots readied for big tests

Defense contractor Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Laboratories' robot clears a path through debris in Pennsauken, N.J., Thursday, Dec. 12, during a practice session for a robot competition. The 6-foot tall, 300-pound robot is one of 17 humanoid robots that will be evaluated Friday and Saturday at Homestead Miami Speedway for how well they can complete tasks including getting into an all-terrain vehicle and driving it, and opening doors.