Flexible Robot Meshworm Can Inch its Way Into the Tightest Spaces

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Taking inspiration from the creepy crawly movements of the earthworm , scientists at MIT have developed a high-tech robot that can squeeze its way into virtually any space. Called the Meshworm , the wire and nickel worm is durable enough to withstand being stepped on or hit with a mallet. The flexible robot worm could one day be used in applications ranging from flexible prosthetics and implants to extreme spyware. Read the rest of Flexible Robot Meshworm Can Inch its Way Into the Tightest Spaces Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: disaster robot , eco design , flexible robot , green design , Meshworm , MIT , soft robotics , sustainable design , titanium , worm bot

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Federal Government Suspends Nuclear Power Permits Until Waste Issue is Resolved

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Cooling Tower photo from Shutterstock Nuclear waste issues have been plaguing the US federal government for decades – and they finally came to a head this year. In June, a US Court of Appeals ruled that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission , a government watchdog group, must conduct an environmental impact analysis of its current waste policy. The court’s finding led the NRC to stop issuing permits for new nuclear power plants and license renewals for existing facilities until their waste disposal policy is studied more closely. Read the rest of Federal Government Suspends Nuclear Power Permits Until Waste Issue is Resolved Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: dry cask nuclear waste storage , nuclear power reactors , nuclear reactor license , nuclear reactor permit , Nuclear Regulatory Commission , nuclear waste , nuclear waste repository , nuclear waste storage , open pool nuclear waste storage , US court of appeals for the District of Columbia , yucca mountain

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Chimeras: Cute Modular Toys with Interchangeable Arms, Ears and Legs

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Walrus Toys has created an adorable set of Chimera stuffed animals with interchangeable snap-on arms, legs and ears – and they just launched a kickstarter to help bring the toys to market. The first two sets will be Monkey & Bunny and Bat & Elephant, and with your help on Kickstarter they can be shipped out just in time for the holidays. Each set of these cuddly, plush modular toys can be recombined in a vast variety of ways, and they’ll have your creative genius building fun combinations in no time. Find out how you can support Walrus Toys and Chimeras after the jump! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Chimeras , interchangeable parts , interchangeable toys , kickstarter , kid-friendly design , modular toys , plush toys , stuffed animals , Walrus Toys

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Why Our Ancestors Built Round Houses – and Why it Still Makes Sense to Build Round Structures Today

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Otto Ng’s Robotic Wallbot Walls Automatically Move to Adapt to Your Lifestyle

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Wallbot mobile walls can communicate among themselves. By applying scientific research in collective intelligence to architectural design, artist and architect Otto Ng has created a kinetic wall system that pushes the housing envelope. Powered by electronic and kinetic systems , Wallbots can assume different positions within a dwelling without any interference from the inhabitants. Read the rest of Otto Ng’s Robotic Wallbot Walls Automatically Move to Adapt to Your Lifestyle Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: design prototype , interactive intelligent wall , interactive technology , kinetic architecture , mobile computing , otto ng , responsive architecture , Responsive Architecture at Daniels , self-guiding walls , wallbot wall system

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