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The 12 best advanced science projects

These experiments could change the way we live

From robots that eat and shrink to invincible soldiers and smart drones, advanced science projects will alter our universe. We look at 12 of the best.

Going up?

The Space Elevator is defined by its proponents as a "railroad to space".

Space elevators are in a stationary tethers rotating with the Earth, held up by a weight at one end, and serving as a track on which electric vehicles called 'climbers' can travel up and down carrying about 10 tons of payload, according to The Spaceward Foundation elevator-what which is working with NASA to develop such technology.

According to the Spaceward Foundation, the single most difficult task in building the Space Elevator is achieving the required tether strength-to-weight ratio - in other words, developing a material that is both strong enough and light enough to support the 60,000 mile long tether.

The hungry vegetarian robot

Here we have Cyclone Power building, what it calls a beta biomass engine system that will be the heart of what's known as the Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR) being developed by Robotic Technologies.

The purpose of EATR is to develop an autonomous robotic platform able to perform long-range, long-endurance missions without the need for manual or conventional refuelling - in other words it needs to 'eat'.

According to researchers, the EATR system gets its energy by foraging, or what the firms describe as "engaging in biologically-inspired, organism-like, energy harvesting behaviour which is the equivalent of eating.

It can find, ingest, and extract energy from biomass in the environment as well as use conventional and alternative fuels when suitable".

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  1. These experiments could change the way we live
  2. Going up and a vegetarian robot
  3. The robotic gardener and the dark side
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  6. The all-consuming AI system and NASA and the micro-bots

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