These fog-spraying robots kill the coronavirus

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Breezy One uses an EPA-registered disinfectant originally developed by Sandia National Laboratories to eliminate 99.9999% of bacteria and viruses. Every night, after the last plane has landed at the Albuquerque airport, and all the passengers have left the terminal, a robot rolls out of a closet and begins filling the room with fog. Following a predetermined map of the space and rolling at the pace of a quick walk, the robot zips through the empty terminal, puffing a disinfectant powerful enough to kill anthrax. After covering about 100,000 square feet over the course of an hour and a half, the robot returns to its closet. Read Full Story

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The unsung heroes of the COVID-19 crisis? Robots

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Robots have been used for everything from disinfecting hospitals to walking the stage for graduation. Importantly, they’re not replacing people—they’re doing work people can no longer do safely. A cylindrical robot rolls into a treatment room to allow healthcare workers to remotely take temperatures and measure blood pressure and oxygen saturation from patients hooked up to a ventilator. Another robot that looks like a pair of large fluorescent lights rotated vertically travels throughout a hospital disinfecting with ultraviolet light . Meanwhile a cart-like robot brings food to people quarantined in a 16-story hotel. Outside, quadcopter drones ferry test samples to laboratories and watch for violations of stay-at-home restrictions . Read Full Story

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This insane robot goop heals itself like the Terminator

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It’s like a computer that you can slice in half, then just stick back together again. It’s impossible to forget the terrifying invincibility of the T-1000 liquid metal robot in Terminator 2 . Even when shot with bullets, or split apart by explosions, the robotic goop would slowly form itself back together, healing itself anew. Read Full Story

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Here’s what defunding the police would look like in your city

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A new tool from the Vera Institute for Justice shows how police departments spend their budgets—and lets you experiment with reallocating them. Calls to defund police departments intensified after George Floyd was killed in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department. But just how big are these budgets? A new infographic looks at the actual cost to cities across the country—and it’s huge. Read Full Story

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