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NASA’s new tyres are ‘virtually indestructible’

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Tyres are one of the most important, and often most overlooked, vehicle components. At least until something goes wrong with them. ... Read full article

Avoiding traffic definitely not boring…

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Elon Musk’s The Boring Company, which was founded to build tunnels to avoid the hectic LA traffic, has released a map illustrating a proposed network for these tunnels.... Read full article

Harvard, MIT give robots ‘superpowers’

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Researchers at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University and MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have created origami-inspired artificial muscles that allow soft robots to lift objects up to 1 000 times their own... Read full article

Elon Musk's bet-winning battery goes live 1 December

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On Friday 1 December, the world’s largest lithium-ion battery will become operational. Elon Musk just won a USD50-million bet. These two things are definitely related.... Read full article

Backflipping robots

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On 16 November, US robotics company Boston Dynamics uploaded a video to YouTube of its humanoid robot Atlas doing a backflip.... Read full article

‘Project Hesla’ runs on electricity and hydrogen

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Netherlands gas supplier Holthausen Group has hacked a Tesla Model S and to run on a combination of electricity and hydrogen, allowing the vehicle to travel 1 000km — more than double the distance of the cheapest Model S.... Read full article

Sophia: world’s first ‘robot citizen’

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Last week it was announced that Sophia, a ‘female’ humanoid robot designed by Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics, was awarded citizenship by Saudi Arabia, a country that famously denies equal rights to its own female citizens.... Read full article

Cummins breaks ground for new consolidated facility

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On Thursday 26 October, Cummins Southern Africa broke ground at the site of its planned facility in Waterfall City, Midrand. ... Read full article

Local content meets local demand

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Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology has been servicing the South African market for close on 70 years. To address the often uniquely challenging mining conditions, Sandvik launched a new, locally manufactured low-profile loader – the LH115L... Read full article

Building on 90 years of partnership

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This year marks the 90th anniversary of the collaboration between South Africa’s Barloworld Equipment and US-based OEM Caterpillar. ... Read full article

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