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Since playing around (read: performing experiments) in the Antarctic isn't exactly the safest thing to do, scientists are turning to man's best friend—the robot—to carry out experiments for them. Recently, scientists have developed a robotic prototype that can drive for hundreds of kilometers (scientists love their metric system) and carry a payload of about 70kg. These solar-powered robots would be able to explore Antarctica with little worries about the harsh climate.

Additionally, the robots would communicate with satellites, allowing them to follow a pre-programmed route on the ground. They're not afraid to ask for help, either: should they encounter an obstacle that they don't know how to deal with, the robots will phone home and procure the necessary helpful information. All of this is contingent upon the fact that the scientists receive the required funding. If they do, they plan on building a fleet of five of the robots.

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Robotic route for Polar pioneers [BBC News] via we make money not art