Xenobots: First living robots created from stem cells – CNN

A xenobot with large hind limbs and smaller forelimbs, layered with red heart muscle.

Scientists have created the world’s first living, self-healing robots using stem cells from frogs.

Source: Xenobots: First living robots created from stem cells – CNN

The Gene Drive Dilemma: We Can Alter Entire Species, but Should We? – The New York Times

Gene drives in DNA force target traits onto offspring and descendants, whether modified, natural, or recessive.

Nuro’s driverless delivery robots will start serving Walmart customers in Houston – The Verge

Nuro, the self-driving startup founded by two ex-Google engineers, is expanding its pilot robot delivery service in Houston, Texas, to include Walmart customers. The company has been making grocery deliveries in Houston with its fleet of autonomous Toyota Prius vehicles since March. Now the company plans to roll out its custom-built R2 prototype vehicle to help supplement its delivery duties.

Source: Nuro’s driverless delivery robots will start serving Walmart customers in Houston – The Verge

U.S. ends survey foot use, requires ‘international foot’ measurements – Washington Times

In this April 18, 1958 file photo, Philip N. Brooks, right, a New York State surveyor, takes a look through his transit on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation near Niagara Falls, N.Y., while Tuscarora Chief Elton Black Cloud Greene watches. The tribe is resisting state seizure of their land for a power project. In 1959, the U.S. government started the switch from the U.S. survey foot to the international foot, and it will finish the job in 2022. (AP Photo)

Change is afoot for the official measuring stick used to size up big places in America.

Source: U.S. ends survey foot use, requires ‘international foot’ measurements – Washington Times

Scientists 3-D Print Skin That Develops Working Blood Vessels | Innovation | Smithsonian

A promising new technique could lead to lasting skin grafts after burns or other injuries

Source: Scientists 3-D Print Skin That Develops Working Blood Vessels | Innovation | Smithsonian

We Teach A.I. Systems Everything, Including Our Biases – The New York Times

Researchers say computer systems are learning from lots and lots of digitized books and news articles that could bake old attitudes into new technology.