In order to create truly autonomous robots that can sustain themselves without human intervention, it's necessary to first create a way for them to fuel themselves. While engineering our 'bots to plug themselves into the wall is one solution, robotics researchers envision the androids of the future consuming waste and biomass to generate power to operate. To that end, researchers at Bristol Robotics Lab in the UK have created the first synthetic gut for use in self-sustaining robots.
It's not that they can't. They just don't need to, says Mike Murray, a veterinarian at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. Birds have the anatomical and physical ability to pass gas, he explains, "but if I saw gas in a bird's gastrointestinal tract on an x-ray, I'd suspect that something abnormal was going on in there."
Today, we discuss the mysteries of bodily functions
By PopSci StaffPosted 08.01.2008 at 12:20 pm 3 Comments
We know why the sky is blue, but reader "wondering..." wonders: "why is our urine always white or yellow? even after we drink orange juice or cola our urine is always white or yellow."
Thought-provoking, no? Have your say in the comments.
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