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🍩 A team of engineers at NASA’s Glenn Research Laboratory is working to
reinvent the wheel for planetary rovers.

🍲 The next time you’re prying open a can of soup, take a minute to reflect on the
200-year history of the can opener.

📊 Bolt’s Chris Quintero wrote an excellent piece on big tech’s pivot to
vertically integrated hardware and what it means for startups.

🐶 Christine Sunu gave a great talk at the Hackaday Superconference on using biomimicry in hardware design to
elicit emotional reactions.

🖨 MIT’s souped-up FastFFF 3D printer builds objects
10 times faster than traditional FDM printers.


🔧 Joel Leonard is working to bring the ‘
maker spirit’ back to a North Carolina town whose recently shuttered furniture factory left many unemployed.

🏭 Erika Earl has some excellent ‘
manufacturing hacks’ for people trying to bring their idea to market.

👟 Take a look inside Adidas’ robot-powered, on-demand
sneaker factory.

⚙ Elliot Williams swung by the Supplyframe Design Lab and wrote about his experience CNC milling an
aluminum Jolly Wrencher.

🚲 Massachusetts bicycle-maker
1854 Cycling is creating jobs for released convicts.


📉 A new McKinsey report states that automation could displace 800 million workers worldwide by 2030 - including
about a third of the US workforce.

🚗 GM says their self-driving cars will be
ready for ridesharing in 2019.

🍷 After successful trials in Bordeaux and Portugal this year, robot workers may soon have a bigger role in some of the world’s
most prestigious vineyards.

🛩 Fraunhofer’s autonomous submarine is finding
1950s aviation artifacts at the bottom of Lake Ontario.


🐞 A group of Singaporean scientists is developing controllable cyborg beetles for
swarming search and rescue.

🎓 MSU researchers have found that
robots in the classroom improve engagement for online students.

🕶 Those in the burgeoning field of
material robotics envision a future where robots are so ubiquitous and innocuous that you don’t even realize they’re there.

💪 These interesting biohybrid robots rely on
muscle tissue to get around.

🔩 Ars Technica dives into the mechanics of building 8,000lb,
human-controlled mech suits.


📈 Samsung has found that adding graphene balls to batteries boosts storage capacity by 45 percent and charging speed by
500 percent.

🔋 Tesla just finished building the world’s largest lithium-ion battery - here’s
how it works.

💡 This new
optical trapping process is a light-based manipulation method that could someday be used to mass produce electronic components.

🔮 IEEE outlines four interesting
new computation methods to keep an eye out for in the coming years.

Analog computers have been largely abandoned for decades, but Yannis Tsividis argues they could be used for efficient scientific computation today.


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See you all next week!

- Nick Pinkston & Katie Hoban


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