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How Robotic Blacksmithing Could Change Manufacturing Forever

by Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics

It will supersede additive manufacturing and CNC machining for good.

Elon Musk believes that “machines that build the machines” are ultimately more important than whatever it is you’re manufacturing. In his own work with Tesla and SpaceX, it’s clear why Musk says this: He uses less expensive and more scalable processes to build the parts for spacecrafts and cars.

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State police are testing out the use of Spot robot dogs

by Shelby Brown, c|net – 

It brings a whole new meaning to K-9 units.

You might not want to read this if the Black Mirror episode “Metalhead” frightened you the most. The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts obtained and shared documents detailing how the Massachusetts State Police has been testing ways to incorporate Boston Dynamics Spot robot dogs. 

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Spider silk could be used as robotic muscle

by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Phys.org

Spider silk, already known as one of the strongest materials for its weight, turns out to have another unusual property that might lead to new kinds of artificial muscles or robotic actuators, researchers have found.

The resilient fibers, the team discovered, respond very strongly to changes in humidity. Above a certain level of relative humidity in the air, they suddenly contract and twist, exerting enough force to potentially be competitive with other materials being explored as actuators—devices that move to perform some activity such as controlling a valve.

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MIT can shrink 3D objects down to nanoscale versions

by Jon Fingas, engadget

It could be useful for tiny parts in robotics, medicine and beyond.

It’s difficult to create nanoscale 3D objects. The techniques either tend to be slow (such as stacking layers of 2D etchings) or are limited to specific materials and shapes. MIT researchers might have a better way — they’ve devised a technique for making nanoscale versions of 3D objects using a wide variety of materials and shapes. The team ultimately reversed a process for imaging brain tissue, whittling a relatively large object down to a creation one thousandth its original size.

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MIT researchers create a robot houseplant that moves on its own

by Rachel England, engadget

This will all be fine.

Despite our best intentions, keeping a houseplant alive can be a struggle for a lot of us. But that vague wave of sadness you feel when you end up unceremoniously dumping your potted pal in the bin is about to reach a new and slightly disturbing level, as researchers from MIT have found a way to use robotics to tap into plants’ human-like characteristics.

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