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Last month, Japanese Space Agency JAXA’s robotic Hyabusa2 spacecraft shot and deliberately bounced off asteroid 162173 Ryugu just to see what would happen. Hardcore. To wit:

Before impact, Hayabusa2 fired a small bullet into 162173 Ryugu to scattered surface material and increase the chance that Hayabusa2 would be able to capture some. Next month, Hayabusa2 will fire a much larger bullet into Ryugu in an effort to capture sub-surface material. Near the end of this year, Hayabusa2 is scheduled to depart Ryugu and begin a looping trip back to Earth, hopefully returning small pieces of this near-Earth asteroid in late 2020. Studying Ryugu could tell humanity not only about the minor planet‘s surface and interior, but about what materials were available in the early Solar System for the development of life.

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The latest in Pixar’s Spark Shorts series (you’ll recall ‘Purl’) – Brian Larsen’s tale of two ageing robots attempting to escape before they’re replaced by a new generation.

Freedom, however, does not come easy.

And here’s how they made it.

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Behold: the Zibo Tea Brewing Machine – a dual armed robot created by US/Chinese company AUBO Robotics capable of preparing, steeping, pouring and serving four perfect cups of Chinese tea.

Before slicing you into cubes with its built in laser.

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An ingenious creation by amateur engineer Human Controller – a robotised Rubik’s Cube that can solve itself in minutes, whether held in the hand or tumbling over a flat surface.

Geek off on the internal gubbins here.

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A tiny pogo-jumping bot created by UC Berkeley’s Biomimetic Millisystems Lab.

Salto 1-P (an acronym for saltatorial locomotion on terrain obstacles) is designed to mimic the saltatorial (jumping) locomotion of animals like kangaroos and rabbits.

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