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This robot crawls along wind turbine blades looking for invisible flaws

By | Gadgets, Government, GreenTech, Hardware, Robotics, sandia, sandia national labs, Science, Wind power, wind turbines

Wind turbines are a great source of clean power, but their apparent simplicity — just a big thing that spins — belie complex systems that wear down like any other, and can fail with disastrous consequences. Sandia National Labs researchers have created a robot that can inspect the enormous blades of turbines autonomously, helping keep our green power infrastructure in good kit.

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This robot crawls along wind turbine blades looking for invisible flaws

By | Gadgets, Government, GreenTech, Hardware, Robotics, sandia, sandia national labs, Science, Wind power, wind turbines

Wind turbines are a great source of clean power, but their apparent simplicity — just a big thing that spins — belie complex systems that wear down like any other, and can fail with disastrous consequences. Sandia National Labs researchers have created a robot that can inspect the enormous blades of turbines autonomously, helping keep our green power infrastructure in good kit.

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Tripping grad students over and over for science (and better prosthetic limbs)

By | artificial limbs, Gadgets, Hardware, Prosthetics, Science, TC

Prosthetic limbs are getting better, but not as quickly as you’d think. They’re not as smart as our real limbs, which (directed by the brain) do things like automatically stretch out to catch ourselves when we fall. This particular “stumble reflex” was the subject of an interesting study at Vanderbilt that required its subjects to fall down… a lot.

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Kano, the kids-focused coding and hardware startup, inks deal with Microsoft, launches $300 Kano PC

By | children, coding, computing, DIY, Education, Europe, Gadgets, Hardware, Kano, Microsoft, TC

Kano, the London-based startup that builds hardware designed to teach younger people about computing and coding, is taking a significant step forward in its growth strategy today. The startup has inked a partnership with Microsoft that sees Kano launching the Kano PC, a new 11.6-inch touch-enabled, Intel Atom-powered computer, its first to run Windows — […]

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