23 Jul Robotic scientist
Researchers at the University of Liverpool have invented an £100.000 robotic arm that will speed up scientific discovery. This robo-scientist can go through around 1000 catalyst formulations in one week, which is equivalent to what a student can study during a 4 year PHD. It can be programmed from home, which is a great advantage during the pandemic, and it lets scientists focus on more important tasks while it does the repetitive testing for them.
It works constantly at the same pace – it doesn’t get tired, need brakes or holidays. Thankfully, the invention of this robotic arm doesn’t mean human scientists will lose their jobs – this machine still needs to cooperate with people. This is simply a way to help speed up research and make scientists’ job easier.
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