Want to waste some time today in the name of science? MIT's Personal Robotics Group has launched Mars Escape, a video game in which a human-robot duo stranded on a Mars base scramble to repair a failing oxygen generator before the oxygen supply runs out. But the two-player role playing game isn't just for recreation; data extracted from the game will be used to provide an algorithmic basis for better robot-human interaction.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.