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Assembler robots make large structures from little pieces

Assembler robots make large structures from little pieces

“Systems of tiny robots may someday build high-performance structures, from airplanes to space settlements. Today’s commercial aircraft are typically manufactured in sections, often in different locations — wings at one factory, fuselage sections at another, tail components somewhere else — and …

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Giving robots a faster grasp

Giving robots a faster grasp

“An algorithm speeds up the planning process robots use to adjust their grip on objects, for picking and sorting, or tool use. If you’re at a desk with a pen or pencil handy, try this move: Grab the pen …

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Oobleck’s weird behavior is now predictable

Oobleck’s weird behavior is now predictable

“MIT engineers develop a model that predicts how the cornstarch-water mixture turns from liquid to solid, and back again. It’s a phenomenon many preschoolers know well: When you mix cornstarch and water, weird things happen. Swish it gently in …

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A new mathematical approach to understanding zeolites

A new mathematical approach to understanding zeolites

“Study of minerals widely used in industrial processes could lead to discovery of new materials for catalysis and filtering. Zeolites are a class of natural or manufactured minerals with a sponge-like structure, riddled with tiny pores that make them useful …

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A new way to corrosion-proof thin atomic sheets

A new way to corrosion-proof thin atomic sheets

“Ultrathin coating could protect 2D materials from corrosion, enabling their use in optics and electronics. A variety of two-dimensional materials that have promising properties for optical, electronic, or optoelectronic applications have been held back by the fact that they quickly …

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Controlling 2-D magnetism with stacking order

Controlling 2-D magnetism with stacking order

“MIT researchers discover why magnetism in certain materials is different in atomically thin layers and their bulk forms. Researchers led by MIT Department of Physics Professor Pablo Jarillo-Herrero last year showed that rotating layers of hexagonally structured graphene at a …

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