Sloth robot is a very cute way to boost conservation

Inspired by the slow and steady sloth, SlothBot hangs on a wire between trees to monitor the environment below and enhance conservation efforts.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
June 18, 2020 ~8 min

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Towable sensor free-falls to measure vertical slices of ocean conditions

Instrument may help scientists assess the ocean’s response to climate change.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 20, 2020 ~8 min

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Smart concrete could let roads repair themselves

A new kind of concrete could let roads and bridges "heal" after cracking. That could cut down the costs and frequency of road repairs.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
May 20, 2020 ~5 min

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Tiny pop-up pressure sensors can take major squishing

Pop-up sensors based on the Japanese paper art of kirigami are ideal for pressure sensing because they can take repeated compressions.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
May 15, 2020 ~6 min

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Sensor could warn of gout attacks

"We wanted to create a technology that is reliable and user-friendly so that patients can easily self-monitor their blood urate levels."

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
May 12, 2020 ~7 min

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Heart and lung sensor chip is smaller than a ladybug

A tiny sensor chip smaller than a ladybug detects vibrations from sounds inside the body. It could warn of heart failure or lung problems.

Ben Brumfield-Georgia Tech • futurity
May 7, 2020 ~7 min

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Sensors woven into a shirt can monitor vital signs

Comfortable, form-fitting garments could be used to remotely track patients’ health.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
April 23, 2020 ~5 min

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