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Thu January 13, 2011
Beanbags Hardly Touch the Ground, Walking on the Moon
Beanbag chairs on the moon? Not quite. But a group at McGill University is using the squishy seats as inspiration for a new kind of wheel for moon rovers.
The moon, as you may know, has a bumpy, rocky surface, one that's not very forgiving for sensitive scientific equipment The McGill team's rover wheels compensate for the surface with flexible metal - strong enough to move forward, but flexible and squishy enough to negotiate the terrain, just like a beanbag chair. Though you'd really need an XBox 360 and a lot of Pringles to really make this moon rover a full-on dorm rover. [via Popular Science]
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