Our lead story today highlights an effort from the University of Utah to use spinning magnets – and robots – to someday retrieve scraps and bring them to a decaying orbit.

The deployment of multiple magnetic-field sources in a coordinated fashion potentially allows a robot to push a target object in six degrees of movement, including rotation. 

“The upside is you can manipulate an object gently and with no physical contact,” Prof. Abbott told Tech Briefs. “The downside is that the forces and torques will be very small over even a moderate distance, which means manipulation will happen very slowly.”

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