The Associated Press is reporting this afternoon that a special grand jury has been convened to investigate both the construction and design of Boston's Big Dig tunnels as part of a criminal probe in to the tunnel ceiling collapse that killed a local woman in July.
According to the article posted on Boston.com this afternoon, a spokesman for the Attorney General's office confirmed the grand jury began hearing evidence Tuesday. They are expected to hear testimony from construction workers, their supervisors and ceiling designers, among others.
It will certainly be interesting to see what comes out of these investigations, who may be held responsible, and what missteps led to this disaster which made headlines nation-wide.
Unlike industrial robots, which suffered a slight overall slump in 2012, service robots continue to be increasingly in demand. The majority are used for defense, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); and agriculture, such as milking robots.
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
These are the toys that inspired budding engineers to try out sublime designs, create miniature structures, and experiment with bizarre contraptions using sets that could be torn down and reconstructed over and over.
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