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3D-Printed Foam Could Boost Helmet Protection
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3D-Printed Foam Could Boost Helmet Protection

Using AI algorithms, researchers developed a 3D-printable foam that eventually could be used in bike helmets, shipping crates, and football pads.

Life-Saving 'Robot Medics' for Triage in High-Risk Places
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Life-Saving 'Robot Medics' for Triage in High-Risk Places

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of Sheffield developed an uncrewed ground vehicle outfitted with robotic arms to serve as a medic in disaster and conflict...

Shape-Shifting Robot Lands on Moon
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Shape-Shifting Robot Lands on Moon

A lunar robot has successfully landed on the Moon.

DNA Sequencing Helps Craft Database of Marine Microbes
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DNA Sequencing Helps Craft Database of Marine Microbes

Researchers at Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah University of Science and Technology created a detailed database of marine microbe information.

Meta-Optical Devices Enhance Thermal Imaging Applications
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Meta-Optical Devices Enhance Thermal Imaging Applications

A new system enables meta-optical devices to perform thermal imaging and accurately identify the objects and materials being imaged.

Housekeeping Humanoid System Can Cook, Clean
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Housekeeping Humanoid System Can Cook, Clean

A humanoid robotic system could be trained to perform various household tasks, including cooking and organizing.

Drones with Defibrillators Are Saving Lives
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Drones with Defibrillators Are Saving Lives

Researchers found drones with automated external defibrillators arrived at the scene of a suspected cardiac arrest more than 3 minutes before ambulances in 67%...

Robot Mimics a 450-Million-Year-Old Extinct Marine Organism
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Robot Mimics a 450-Million-Year-Old Extinct Marine Organism

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed a new approach to robotics that uses insights from extinct organisms to create soft robots.

Underwater Robot Helps Scientists Clarify Antarctic Ice Melting
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Underwater Robot Helps Scientists Clarify Antarctic Ice Melting

A team of scientists in the U.S. and New Zealand used the Icefin underwater robot to explore Antarctic ice crevasses to better understand their role in rising global...

NASA 3D-Printed a Rocket Nozzle for Deep Space
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NASA 3D-Printed a Rocket Nozzle for Deep Space

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration three-dimensionally-printed an aluminum rocket engine nozzle that could enable deep space exploration with...

Brain-Wave Cap Saves Lives by Identifying Strokes
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Brain-Wave Cap Saves Lives by Identifying Strokes

The StrokePointer brain-wave cap designed by researchers in the Netherlands can diagnose large vessel occlusion (LVO) stroke while patients are in an ambulance....

Student Invents Affordable Fire-Fighting Robot
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Student Invents Affordable Fire-Fighting Robot

University of Texas at Austin's Siddarth Thakur developed a robot to assist firefighters.

Configurable Robots Can Be Mixed, Matched for Tasks in Space
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Configurable Robots Can Be Mixed, Matched for Tasks in Space

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers engineered the Walking Oligomeric Robotic Mobility System (WORMS) to revolutionize space robotics.

Meet ALAN, a Robot That Requires Minimal Human Supervision
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Meet ALAN, a Robot That Requires Minimal Human Supervision

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed an autonomous robot, ALAN, that can make decisions and complete tasks based on its observations of its environment...
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