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Russian Humanoid Robot Orbiting in Space
Russia's Skybot on the International Space Station
Delivered by Soyuz Rocket with No Humans on Board
Russia's humanoid robot Skybot is onboard the International Space Station. It was carried up to the ISS on a Soyez MS-14 rocket with no humans onboard. The space journey was a non-human test flight of new systems including new motion control and navigation systems. The inflight verifications, including data collected by Skybot, have cleared the way for Russian crews to be transported to ISS on the Soyuz 2.1a rocket starting in Spring 2020.
Skybot the Crew Member
Skybot F-850, formerly known as FEDOR, is designed to replicate the motions of a remote human operator. The robot has arms and legs and can perform some functions autonomously. Onboard the ISS, Skybot is testing its voice program to communicate with Russian astronauts and its ability to function in microgravity. During its trip to the ISS, Skybot provided G-force and temperature information during launch, travel and the rendezvous with the ISS.
Second Robot Crew Member of ISS
Skybot is the second robot to work onboard the ISS. The first was NASA's Robonaut 2. Robonaut 2 spent seven years onboard ISS and is expected to return in 2021. Skybot will leave the ISS on September 6, 2020 and return to Russia. Russian space officials say Skybot may return to the ISS for a longer mission in the next few years
Superstar Robot Packers Superstar Customers
The Italian packaging company CMC in the medieval town of Citta di Castello has robot machines at the cutting edge of 2019 filling some very big orders for big clients and it delivers. The robotic packaging machine is called CartonWrap. It can box and seal 600 to 1000 items of every shape and size every hour, 24/7, including in tailor made boxes. Clients of the automated packaging machines include Amazon, Walmart and Gucci.
Big Business in Italy
CMC and CartonWrap are one of 630 companies in Italy making automated packaging machines. This is the new robotic, automated economy and it is one of Italy's fastest growing industries. In fact, the sector is accelerating 9X's faster than the overall Italian economy. It's another example of robotic technology cutting time, costs and in this case packaging waste and creating a whole new avenue of global business that's a disruptor.
1st Test for CTE, Sports-Related, Traumatic Brain Injuries in the Living
Breakthrough Research and Discoveries by Boston University Scientists
CTE is the danger for players inherent in any contact sport. Repeated hard hits to and rattling of the
head in the course of games taking a cumulative toll and resulting in traumatic brain injury CTE which is a fatal disease. Until now, there was no way to detect it in the living. The only reference points for doctors were changes in mood and behavior in the patient following a bad hit to the head and concussion.. But now, there is a brain scan test to detect the abnormal protein tau which is an indicator that the disease condition is present. It's an important breakthrough just announced by scientists at Boston University. For a great news blog, go to Important Innovations Collection: Breakthrough on CTE Brain Injuries from Sports: First Test for CTE in the Living Source: Stock Image Game-changing Discovery by Boston University…
DARPA's Biostasis Program Aims "To Slow Life to Save Life"
The program is to buy extra time for soldiers' battlefield injuries as they await medical care. DARPA, the Pentagon's Advanced Research Projects Agency, is working to develop treatments that slow down the body's biochemical reactions, tipping it into a slowed or suspended state until medical help arrives. For those critically injured, time is a matter of life and death.
Biological Suspended State
This program is inspired by nature. Wood frogs and microscopic creatures called "water bears" can survive extreme radiation, dehydration and freezing. They do so by entering a state called cryptobiosis. All metabolic processes appear to have stopped but the organism is still alive.
Long Term Research
This DARPA program is just getting started. They're beginning at the cell and tissue level. Then they'll scale up to the whole organism. It will be considered a success when it sl…