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Meet the Robots of Fukushima Daiichi

A cleanup crew of automatons will go where humans fear to tread

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Meet the Robots of Fukushima Daiichi
Photo: TEPCO

Photo: TEPCO
A Bot’s-Eye View: After hundreds of tests, plant owner TEPCO cleared the Quince robots to enter the Fukushima Daiichi reactor buildings. The bots send back video and radiation readings to TEPCO workers who are planning the cleanup and decommissioning efforts. The Quince’s tanklike treads allow it to climb up and down the steep stairs inside the buildings.
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