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Self-Healing Materials Extend Robotic Life Span


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Self-Healing Materials Extend Robotic Life Span

Their self-healing power relies on the material they are composed of: a rubbery polymer that has all the classic characteristics of soft robotic bodies — flexibility, elasticity and overall durability — with the added benefits of self-repair and recyclability. Similar materials have already been used in real-world situations, such as for shooting stands that seal after a bullet has passed through, or coatings of cars that can smooth out scratches. Incorporating these materials into robots — especially those made to interact with humans — is the next step for translating the skill of "self-healing" into the artificial realm.


By AAAS, USA.


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19th Century Eclipse Explorations Helped Build U.S. Scientific Institutions


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19th Century Eclipse Explorations Helped Build U.S. Scientific Institutions

The U.S. Coast Survey Steamer Bibb drew well south of its intended destination on the evening of July 13, 1860, coming upon a shoreline enveloped in mist and dominated by a chain of mountains that exposed no single access route for scientists to claim for a temporary observatory.


By AAAS, USA.


Technology Policy Resource.

Studying the Science of Sports in Summer Workshops


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Studying the Science of Sports in Summer Workshops

This summer, hundreds of Washington area elementary school children donned lab goggles and gathered scientific data to study the science of sports as part of a free, hands-on summer program. GSK Science in the Summer, now in its 31st year, is being held this year in 25 states. The American Association for the Advancement of Science implemented and administered the program at 41 sites in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.


By AAAS, USA.


Technology Policy Resource.

Human Rights Coalition Deepens Understanding of the Right to Science


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Human Rights Coalition Deepens Understanding of the Right to Science

The right of all people to benefit from scientific progress is spurring new research by science and human rights practitioners and informing organizations how to secure those benefits, according to presenters at a AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition Meeting, held July 27-28 in Washington.


By AAAS, USA.


Technology Policy Resource.

Second Century Stewardship Workshop Reaps Benefits from Collaboration


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Second Century Stewardship Workshop Reaps Benefits from Collaboration

But Nadeau, a Ph.D. student at the University of Connecticut, with a passion for science education, has run into trouble over how to make his research on Daphnia magna water fleas relevant to educators in the classroom. “I haven’t been in high school or grammar school for 20 years, so I don’t have any idea of what someone in grade five is learning and how my research might be useful to them,” Nadeau said.


By AAAS, USA.


Technology Policy Resource.

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