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Ocean Voyages Institute removed a record-breaking 103 tons of debris from the ocean, which will be recycled and repurposed. (Image Credit: Ocean Voyages Institute)   After a successful 48-day mission to clean up 103 tons of plastics and fishing nets in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch that began on May 4th, Ocean Voyages Institute’s marine plastic recovery vessel, S/V KWAI, returned to the port of Honolulu on June 23rd. To date, this cleanup in the Gyre by Ocean Voyages Institute is a ...
The soap bubbles can successfully pollinate a flower on fruit-bearing plants. (Image Credit: Eijiro Miyako)   Soap bubbles promoted pollination of a pear orchard by delivering pollen grains to targeted flowers, showing that it's capable of pollinating fruit-bearing plants. Scientists from the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Nomi have developed a robotic pollinator in an effort to help supplement the work of the dying bee population. The team published their findings i ...
After applying the Spot 2.0 update, Boston Dynamics has announced that the four-legged robot can now be purchased on the company’s website for $74,500. (Image Credit: Boston Dynamics)   Boston Dynamics announced that its famous four-legged Spot robot can now be purchased online via the company’s website for $74,500. Previously, Spot could only be leased to businesses through Boston Dynamics’ Early Adopters program. The entire package includes Spot, Boston Dynamics’ ...
The early ignition combustion engine consists of three different chambers that compress, mix, and combusts an air-fuel mixture. This design could be more efficient than the combustion engines we see today, enabling a thermal efficiency of 63%. (Image Credit: Jason Fenske, YouTube)   Not really EE related, but I thought this was cool enough to share.   Nowadays, electric cars are starting to become a lot more popular, and that alone could have an impact on the future of internal comb ...
Robots outfitted with these boots designed by researchers from UC San Diego can move 40 percent faster on uneven terrain. (Image Credit: UC San Diego)   Roboticists are always striving to develop robots with improved functionality, especially if it involves walking around. Researchers from the University of California San Diego have discovered that robots can safely and more efficiently traverse on uneven terrain if they're outfitted with a set of boots. Using latex and coffee grounds, the ...
Salto is now capable of landing precisely where you want it. (Image Credit: UC Berkeley)   Since it’s development, we’ve seen what UC Berkeley’s Salto robot is capable of, from hopping off walls to running to jumping over obstacles, etc. Each year, the robot just seems to get better and better with improved capabilities. The tiny one foot long leaping robot’s latest upgrade is quite impressive. Presented at Virtual ICRA 2020, Salto has recently learned how to stop j ...