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20 minutes | 11 days ago
Hospital Robots Join the COVID-19 Fight: Meet Tommy, Spot, and Tiago
As doctors and nurses seek hands-free ways to disinfect environments, operate equipment, and contain the spread of coronavirus and COVID-19, some hospitals have turned to a higher-tech idea: Robots. We talk to the researchers behind “Tiago” and other robotic technologies finding a place in patients' rooms. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
26 minutes | a month ago
A "Teflon" for Dangerous Bacteria: Dr. Leyla Soleymani and RepelWrap
It looks a bit like the plastic wrap you’d find around a Coca-Cola bottle, but with a big difference. This “RepelWrap” fends off viruses like one that causes COVID-19, and dangerous drug-resistant bacteria. Dr. Leyla Soleymani of McMaster University discusses how an idea for biosensors turned into an invention that some are calling a “Teflon” for pathogens. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21 minutes | 3 months ago
A Bug-Inspired Building Material for Mars: Javier Gomez Fernandez and "Chitin"
If humans end up on Mars in the next ten years, astronauts will need to use as much of the planet’s resources as possible and potentially build habitats to stay there. Chitin is found in the exoskeletons of insects and when combined with Martian soil, results in a potential building material for Mars. Javier Gomez Fernandez from the Singapore University of Technology and Design discusses how Mars explorers can make the most of this peculiar material. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31 minutes | 5 months ago
3D Printing in Space: NASA's Tracie Prater
The International Space Station is full of spare parts that can replace any faulty or broken ones. Tracie Prater, a materials engineer at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, wants astronauts to be able to quickly print out the tools and parts that they need on demand. She discusses NASA's efforts to bring 3d printing to space. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
34 minutes | 6 months ago
The Future of Urban Air Mobility: Tim McConnell and the 'Aerodrome'
When our urban environments are filled with drones and other unmanned aircraft, they'll need to be able detect and avoid obstacles. University of California, San Diego robotics researcher Tim McConnell oversees the Aerodrome — a facility that may look like a driving range, but is, in fact, a testing ground for unmanned aircraft. Learn how McConnell and UCSD students are using the space to take drones out for a spin, and to try out the kinds of maneuvers required in a future of urban air mobility. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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