Hyperion is a solar powered robot developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University that is helping NASA simulate space exploration over extended periods of time. The robot's tasks include determining its position and orientation to the sun, navigating itself into position for capturing enough sunlight to power itself, and conducting scientific experiments. On Devon Island in the Canadian Arctic, the robot will maintain a sun-synchronous position. The concept is important to long-term space exploration of distant planets and moons. For more information, go to www.frc.ri.cmu.edu/sunsync.
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
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