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Academics say half of US jobs could be automated within a decade or two

NHS hospital to use robot staff

A fleet of robots is to carry out day-to-day tasks at an NHS hospital, it was revealed yesterday. The machines will be used to transport clinical waste and dirty linen, deliver food and dispense drugs at the new Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, Stirlingshire.

Robots to do hospital's dirty work

A fleet of robots is to carry out day-to-day tasks at an NHS hospital, it was revealed today.

Album: Various artists, Bustin' Out – 1982 (Year Zero)

Was 1982 a golden year? It was certainly an interesting one, with late Krautrock (Die Krupps' "Goldfinger", the opener here) meeting robotic white-boy funk, newly emergent hip-hop and dark and industrial techno-swamp weirdness.

Armitage frustrated by conservative England

Delon Armitage believes his chronic loss of form during the RBS 6 Nations was partly due to the welter of safety-first instructions issued by Martin Johnson and the England management.

DVD: Astro Boy, For retail & rental (E1 Entertainment)

This fast, fun superhero adventure has everything you might want from a cartoon about a robotic youngster who zooms through the skies above a floating future city.

Robot conducts first electronic wedding in Japan

Flashing eyes, plastic pigtails and a tinny voice are not necessarily what a bride and groom look for in their wedding master of ceremonies, unless they work in Japan's robotic industry.

Robot tries to thin oil at source of leak

A remote-controlled submarine shot a chemical dispersant into a massive undersea oil leak yesterday. Crews using the deep-sea robot attempted to thin the oil – which is rushing up from the seabed at a pace of about 210,000 gallons per day – after getting approval from the Environmental Protection Agency, a spokesman for BP said. The agency had halted two previous rounds of the dispersant to test its potential impact on the environment.

Notes: 30/04/10

Various items owned or desired by middle-aged Britons in a survey include laptops, iPods and games consoles.

Robots toil on sea bed to shut off oil spill

BP's soaring first-quarter financial results were overshadowed yesterday by concerns over the environmental fallout from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster which claimed 11 lives off the coast of Louisiana at the weekend.

Robot subs attempt to shut off oil leak

Engineers from the British oil giant BP were yesterday racing to avert an environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico as crude continued to leak at the site of the submerged oil rig Deepwater Horizon, which exploded and collapsed a week ago.

Book mixing math and crochet wins UK 'odd' prize

A book charting the frontier between handicrafts and geometry on Friday won Britain's quirkiest literary award, the Diagram Prize for year's oddest book title.

Staff 'imitate answerphones'

Government employees who continued working during Monday's national strike claim they were told to pretend to be answering machines to cope with an overload of calls from the public.

The Hacker: When the chips are down, my new approach is a breadwinner

The first week of my new game plan has not been an outstanding success but it has been far from a disaster. I'll even go so far as to say I'm encouraged.

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