Archive: 21/01/2011

The human touch, in robots

In 2005, when Martin Saerbeck was studying computer science at Bielefeld University in Germany, he programmed a service robot called BIRON. Mounted with a pan-tilt camera on top, BIRON was able to follow a human pointing ...

dateJan 21, 2011 in Robotics
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ISS resupply from four corners of globe

A quick succession of international space supply trucks will arrive on the International Space Station’s loading docks early in 2011, dropping off more than 11 tons (10,000 kilograms) of food, computers, medical equipment ...

dateJan 21, 2011 in Space Exploration
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Beaming rockets into space

Space launches have evoked the same image for decades: bright orange flames exploding beneath a rocket as it lifts, hovers and takes off into the sky. But an alternative propulsion system proposed by some researchers could ...

dateJan 21, 2011 in Space Exploration
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Radical predictions in polymer chemistry

Free radicals may have a bad reputation for causing ozone depletion and premature aging, but they are in fact extremely useful for making novel materials, particularly polymers. Skilled chemists can link up a wide range of ...

dateJan 21, 2011 in Polymers
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Making light work of artificial muscles

A new form of self-assembling polymer film that bends and stretches when hit by light is pointing the way to a new family of functional materials. This flexing film is the first material to have been made by coaxing complex ...

dateJan 21, 2011 in Polymers
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