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BBC News: How do you turn rubbish into energy? Find out how the largest energy recovery facility in Oslo, Norway processes waste and converts it into approximately half of the city’s energy. The integrated waste management system has been so successful that Oslo has had to import trash from other countries to keep up with energy demands.

Simply burning trash is known for putting toxins into the air, but according to recent reports, Waste-to-Energy (WTE) technologies have made advances in “almost completely eliminating" dangerous emissions. WTE supporters also encourage more recycling and minimization of waste as first steps in the waste management heirarchy pyramid.

Also, there’s a huge claw.

Watch more videos about trash in the archives.

Something every Mars Rover might need in the future: Snake robots that wiggle and roll to propel themselves around on passive wheels, gathering visual information with a camera along the way. This snake-bot is called Wheeko, and it’s designed to get into inaccessible spaces — tight spots between rocks or under ledges, or on more sandy terrain — that your average mini-truck-sized rover might have a hard time with.

Wheeko is being developed by teams at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and SINTEF, the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia, as a part of a European Space Agency-assigned study.

There are more robot videos in the archives, including Japan’s Kirobo companionthis sand-runner, and this jumping sand flea, one of our favorites.

Also: the design and movement of slithering snakes.

via 8bitfuture.

(via 8bitfuture)

If you happen to find yourself driving in Norway, be sure to drive along the Atlanterhavsveien or The Atlantic Ocean Road, located here. This 5.2 mile road was built in the 1980s to connect a series of islands and skerries (small rocky islands too small for anyone to live on). It has eight bridges, four resting places, and views that enjoy all kinds of weather conditions and (from the look of this viral video) lots of interaction with the ocean!