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Robots that carry, sort and see; Google has bought some real talent to kickstart its new division aimed at automating manufacturing and supply chains
The Book of Bedtime Stories (Walker, £14.99) consists of 10 original tales selected by Michael Rosen from more than 400 entries for last year's Mumsnet and Gransnet children's story competition. Each illustrated by an up-and-coming artist, themes range from the adventures of a pig-riding sheriff to the exciting rescue of a dancing bear. Beautifully produced, this could be a collector's item. Alex T. Smith's Claude in the Spotlight (Hodder, £4.99 paperback) tells how the amiable dog of the title, accompanied by his regular friend Sir Bobblysock, gets caught up in a theatrical performance that nearly goes terribly wrong. Illustrated on every page by the author, this cheerfully eccentric story is highly entertaining. So too is Bernardo Atxaga's The Adventures of Shola (Pushkin Children's Books, £14.99). Translated from the Basque by Margaret Jull Costa and lavishly illustrated by Mikel Valverde, these gently ironic stories about another small dog whose aspirations regularly outrun her abilities are totally charming.
Robot makers show off their latest designs at the International Robot Exhibition (iREX) in Tokyo, Japan.
Two lead roles in the next Star Wars movie are set to be filled by unknowns, as Disney, who bought Lucasfilm last year, will hold auditions open to the public this week. If you could play a "street smart and strong" orphaned girl, or a "smart capable" man in his 20s you could be one step away from Hollywood. Other parts also potentially on offer include...
Palm-sized cubes use flywheels and magnets to snap together with future applications including emergency repairs and configurable furniture
Latest creation from the DARPA-funded robot-builders shown bounding and galloping across tarmac
The Official Charts Company claims that 2013 will be the biggest year in history for singles sales in Britain
Invented in 1963, the lava lamp's fortunes have risen and fallen over the years
High-altitude balloon and miniature computer used to launch a teddy bear 39,000 meters into the stratosphere.
The in-demand director is stoking interest in something... It's just not clear what
The HydraDeck for the Oculus Rift is so immersive that players are warned not lean on ingame objects
Latest iteration of the beloved hexapod shows off a new slimmer figure and some 'parkour' moves
Created by Justin Engler and Paul Vines, the bot simply guesses all the possible PIN combinations
New bot is being tested out as a possible first-responder in disaster situations
Director: Guillermo del Toro, Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, 131mins