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Studying the Science of Sports in Summer Workshops


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Studying the Science of Sports in Summer Workshops

This summer, hundreds of Washington area elementary school children donned lab goggles and gathered scientific data to study the science of sports as part of a free, hands-on summer program. GSK Science in the Summer, now in its 31st year, is being held this year in 25 states. The American Association for the Advancement of Science implemented and administered the program at 41 sites in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.


By AAAS, USA.


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Self-Healing Materials Extend Robotic Life Span


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Self-Healing Materials Extend Robotic Life Span

Their self-healing power relies on the material they are composed of: a rubbery polymer that has all the classic characteristics of soft robotic bodies — flexibility, elasticity and overall durability — with the added benefits of self-repair and recyclability. Similar materials have already been used in real-world situations, such as for shooting stands that seal after a bullet has passed through, or coatings of cars that can smooth out scratches. Incorporating these materials into robots — especially those made to interact with humans — is the next step for translating the skill of "self-healing" into the artificial realm.


By AAAS, USA.


Technology Policy Resource.