A team of six µTug Microrobots weighing a collective 100g work together like ants to pull a 3,900-lb car on polished concrete in a video by the Biomimetics and Dexterous Manipulation Lab at Stanford University. The robots work slowly, but by using an adhesive pad inspired by geckos and a simple winch system they can move objects up to 2,000 times its their own weight.
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Written in 1946, Camus's compelling and troubling tale of a disaffected, apparently amoral young man has earned a durable popularity in part because it reveals so vividly the anxieties of its time. Alienation, the fear of anonymity, spiritual doubt--all could have been given a purely modern inflection in the hands of a lesser talent than Camus, who won the Nobel Prize in 1957 and was noted for his existentialist aesthetic.
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