In the future, kitchen designers may need to account for a new kind of appliance—a robotic chef. London-based Moley Robotics recently showcased a prototype robot in the form of a pair of track-mounted arms fitted with fully articulating hands. The ultra-dexterous movements of the hands are based on an algorithm derived from an actual chef at work. And, apparently, the robot makes a mean crab bisque. []

AEC firm Bechtel recently received the FAA’s approval to use small unmanned aerial vehicle technology to survey sites and gather data. [Bechtel]

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Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology and the Weissensee School of Art, both in Germany, have collaborated to develop a prototype façade that blocks direct sunlight using responsive fabric discs with shape-memory, eliminating the need for a power source. [Gizmag]

#longread: Three companies are looking to commercialize direct air-capture technology—absorbing and collecting CO2 from the air, as in the manner of trees—within the next two years. [FastCoExist]

Researchers at The Ohio State University coated a stainless-steel mesh in a polymer to create a surface that repels oil while letting water pass through. The team thinks it could mass-produce the coated mesh, whose thickness measures in the nanometers, for less than $1 per square foot. [Gizmodo]

Scientists in Germany are reviewing YouTube videos of a popular cave near Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, to monitor rising water levels relative to the graffiti on its walls. The levels have risen as much as 40 centimeters (15.7 inches) per month in the last two years, the scientists say. [BBC]

MIT’s department of Materials Science and Engineering is re-opening its glass lab, forge, and foundry. [MIT]

Many developers want to use small drone aircraft for radar scanning in space, but the current equipment remains too large and expensive. That could soon change. Bellevue, Wash.–based startup Echodyne is employing metamaterials to streamline the technology used to control radio waves. [MIT Technology Review]