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Engineering Newswire 25:Drilling Holes in Mars

Thu, 02/14/2013 - 1:35pm

This week on engineering newswire, we’re drilling holes in Mars, talking into our shoes, and driving robots with moths. This episode is brought to you by Smalley Steel Ring Company, the exclusive manufacturer of Spirolox Retaining Rings and Smalley Wave Springs for more than 50 years. Request samples to try in your application today. This episode features:

  • In an effort to draw attention to their recycling program, British cellular service provider O2 is upcycling old, unwanted cell phones to give them a new lease on life, and turning them into works of art.
  • NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory confirmed the successful completion of this "mini drill" test last week and if the drill cuttings from the fresh hole pass the visual evaluation, the rover team will move forward with the first full drilling.
  • Hoping to set up a second test flight, Boeing's liquid hydrogen-powered Phantom Eye UAV recently completed taxi testing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
  • Researchers at the University of Tokyo are utilizing insects to develop complex algorithms. They recently created a two-wheeled robot that was successfully driven by female-seeking male silk moths.
  • Lernshift is prototyping a writing tool that is capable of recognizing errors in spelling or letter formation in real-time. This real-life spell check is programmed to recognize movements associated with each letter form.

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