Will robots replace dogs in earthquake rescue operations?
10 February 2023 | 7:30 am
It's a small miracle each time that survivors are pulled from earthquake rubble in Turkey or Syria. Often, it's rescue dogs that help find them. In the future, robots could be used for the job as well.
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25 Jun 2022
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29 Jun 2022
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