In Pictures: The year in madly cool robots

From giants to itsy-bitsy shape shifters, robots are hot

One of Penguin Automated System's Mine Rescue robots being tested by Codelco at its Andina copper mine in Chile, where they do dangerous jobs like checking stability after blasting and surveying tunnels at risk of flooding. The equipment is one of an array of technologies being developed as miners look to a future where production is run almost entirely by people safely above ground.

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