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Hint: They’re wearing white and only the legs and feet of one of them can be seen. Early yesterday morning, astronauts Randy Bresnik (@AstroKomrade) and Mark Vande Hei ventured outside the International Space Station (@iss) for 6 hours and 26 minutes to perform maitenance on the robotic arm used to capture visiting spacecraft and other objects. They sucessfully completed all planned tasks and even had time to acomplish a few get-ahead items, like replacing a smudged lens cover on an external camera and removing two handrails from outside one of the station’s modules. Currently, six people are living and working on the orbiting laboratory, conducting important science and research that will not only benefit life here on Earth, but will help us venture deeper into space than ever before. Credit: NASA
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The death penalty, abortion, gun legislation: There’s no shortage of controversial topics that are hotly debated today on social media. These topics are so important to us because they touch on an essential underlying force that makes us human, our morality.

Researchers in Brazil have developed and analyzed three models that can describe the morality of individuals based on the language they use. The results were published last month in IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing.

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Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We’ll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here’s what we have so far (send us your events!):

ACRA 2020 – December 8-10, 2020 – [Online]

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today’s videos.

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