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The Waltham, Mass.–based robotics manufacturer Boston Dynamics has expanded the product line for its mobile robot Spot, adding on a self-charging Enterprise Spot, web-based remote operations software, Scout, and the Spot Arm, an extendable extra arm for the agile robot.
Now that there are more than 400 Spot robots out in the world, Boston Dynamics hopes that these new products will increase Spot’s autonomy, enabling “customers to fully operationalize continuous, autonomous data collection on remote or hazardous worksites of any size, from anywhere they have access to their network.” [Boston Dynamics]
A recent study published in Nature Communications reveals that global attempts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are suffering because cities tend to underestimate their levels of emissions. The New York Times dives into the study, unpacking the flawed measurements and their consequences, and explores future mitigation strategies. [NYT]
Researchers from the City University of Hong Kong have developed a new photocatalyst (light-absorbing material) that uses sunlight to produce methane fuel from carbon dioxide. Leading a team that included researchers from Australia, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom, the CityU researchers developed the photocatalyst by wrapping copper-based metal-organic frameworks, allowing them to stably “manipulate the transfer of electrons” from the carbon dioxide and “selectively produce pure methane gas.” Using these findings, the researchers plan to increase the methane production rate, making possible a future where carbon dioxide emissions are recycled into a green fuel source. [CityU]