Origami-inspired robot to serve as scout for Mars rovers

Origami-inspired robot to serve as scout for Mars rovers

The National Aeronautics & Space Administration’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is testing a small robot that will likely be used to serve as a scout for Mars rovers in the future.
Origami-inspired Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot (PUFFER) is a rugged yet portable robotic machine. It has a lightweight structure, and is capable of tucking its wheels, become flatten, and explore hard-to-reach locations.

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U.S. lawmakers discussing future of International Space Station

U.S. lawmakers discussing future of International Space Station

As the two-decade-old International Space Station (ISS) is facing key questions about its future, a key Republican representative has cautioned that long-term sponsorship of the space station could hamper the United States’ goal of sending humans to Mars.

The aging outpost requires the nation to spend $3 to $4 billion annually to maintain its operations. Some partner-nations may also step aside in the coming few years.

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Google Maps’ new tool can help you avoid getting another parking ticket

Google Maps’ new tool can help you avoid getting another parking ticket

Google Maps’ latest version (v9.49 beta) comes equipped with an innovative tool that tells users where their car is parked and how much time is left on the meter, helping them avoid getting another parking ticket.

The Android Police reported that one can access the tool by tapping the blue dot on Google Maps indicating one’s current location. It takes the users to a menu with the option to mark the location of the parking spot.

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Uber president Jeff Jones quits

Uber president Jeff Jones quits

San Francisco-based Uber Technologies Inc. has confirmed that its President Jeff Jones has resigned from his position, deepening turmoil at the ride-hailing company.

Jones resigned and parted with the company just around seven months after assuming the role. He said he had joined the company because of its mission that would help it mature and thrive long term.

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