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Plant roots inspire 3D-printed automotive sensors

Plant roots inspire 3D-printed automotive sensors

Written by David

December 4, 2018

As NASA’s Mars InSight is set to burrow into Martian soil, roboticists on Earth are still developing devices for soil monitoring and exploration Soil is much more than just the dirt beneath our feet. Essential for agriculture, a source of undiscovered pharmaceuticals and a filtering system for ecosystems, it’s surprising that the automotive research vehicles, which cruise through air or water, have not yet penetrated the ground. Soil monitoring and study is of paramount importance for the protection of the environment. Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash Drones and submersibles are highly recognisable as important tools for research and exploration, but no such robots exist for soil-based work even though the need is great. For example, monitoring soil for pollution and contamination or exploring it for sources of water or crop nutrients are huge challenges with ample environmental and economic reward. “The main problem is that you need to […]


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