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MIT scientists created a rapid design and fabrication tool, and created machine-knitted pneumatic actuators an assistive glove, a soft hand, and a pneumatic quadrupedal robot CreditsPhotos courtesy of MIT CSAIL
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  • The market for robots that pick fruit is still in its early days, but newcomers are emerging, equipped with a range of photonics technologies

    Robotic Fruit Picking

    The fresh fruit industry is still largely dependent on seasonal workers, which presents many challenges because there has been a serious worker shorter in recent years. Relying on humans for this task may be becoming a thing of the past....
  • Paul Brackman loads 3D-printed metal samples into a tower for examination using an X-ray CT scan in DOEs Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL Image Brittany CramerORNL, US Dept of Energy
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  • battery manufacturing

    Vision Inspection Aids in Green Energy Production

    The opportunity for green energy to grow is endless . . . and necessary. According to U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), renewable sources of energy will grow to 27% of the country’s capacity by 2023, led by new wind and...
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    Analyzing Whiskey with Raman Spectroscopy

    Whiskey is a distilled alcoholic beverage named from the Gaelic ‘uisge beatha’ meaning ‘water of life’. The drink is made from fermented grain mash, with different grains used to provide the wide variety of whiskey...
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