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Going My Way?

What if you want to travel across the country but don’t have a driver’s license or money to take a plane or bus? If you’re a cute little robot named hitchBOT, you hitchhike. And amazingly, humans stop and pick you up!

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Man vs. Machine: Game On!

In the man-against-machine smackdown, humans remain ahead. But for how long? World Table Tennis champion Timo Boll matched wits against “the fastest robot on Earth” to find out.

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Just Splurt It Out!

ketchup pouringEngineers often seek ways to improve something that really bugs them. For Missouri high school seniors Tyler Richards and Jonathan Thompson, that something was the watery ketchup that first squirts from the bottle – and they designed a device to solve the problem.

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Student Innovation: EnableTalk


Some engineers just can’t wait until they graduate to start innovating. Here’s one recent example: After watching a man with a speech impairment struggle to make a supermarket cashier understand him, three Ukrainian computer science students, who call themselves the QuadSquad, designed gloves fitted with 15 sensors that can understand the hand and finger gestures used in sign language.

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No Toppling This Tower

Tokyo’s new 2,080-foot Sky Tree, the world’s tallest broadcast tower, is projected to draw 32 million visitors a year. But tourists won’t see one of its most striking features – a design intended to survive severe earthquakes and catastrophic winds.

Engineers began by studying soil formation as deep as 1.8 miles and taking meteorological measurements using a radiosonde balloon.

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