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BTN LiveBIG: Best of … Purdue

At Purdue University, the sky is hardly the limit. The school, colloquially known as “Astronaut U,” is regarded as one of the top institutions globally for future stars in aerospace engineering, aviation and space exploration. It’s also one of the best universities for computer science, education and entrepreneurship. Below, we’re featuring some of the brightest recent LiveBIG stories to come out of West Lafayette. Boiler up! Purdue Space Day aims to inspire astronauts of tomorrow Boiler up, up and away at the Hangar of the Future   Purdue partners with second graders on space science project Kids get hands-on with

BTN LiveBIG: Northwestern start-up incubator enables rookie entrepreneurs to take flight

Have you ever left your house and forgotten whether you locked the front door or fed your dog? Or perhaps you can’t remember where you left your wallet… A group of Northwestern students teamed up to help you answer all of those questions, no matter where you are. And their solution to the problem is pretty cool, too. Jackie Wu, the 25-year-old CEO of Eighty Nine Robotics, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwestern. He first envisioned his “Rook” — a fly-from-anywhere drone for the home — in Fall 2014, when he began his master of Science in Robotics at

BTN LiveBIG: Purdue students take a giant leap in NASA competition

At Purdue University, there are all kinds of clubs and organizations for students, ranging from bass fishing to hip-hop dance. But what if you’re interested in, say, building a robot that mines moon rocks? Now, the university has that covered too. Purdue Lunabotics, a student organization dedicated to the development of robots for space exploration, lifted off in Fall 2014 with a core group of six students and no workspace or resources to speak of. But a successful funding campaign raised some $20,000 in grants for the group from various Purdue departments, including the Student Organization Grant Allocation Board, Purdue

BTN LiveBIG: Michigan robot MARLO 'walks like a man'

Science-fiction films, shows and books have featured two-legged, human-like robots for so long that many people might think they’ve actually existed in reality for some time now. But while robotics advanced by leaps and bounds over the past several years, there was still the obstacle of bridging the gap between “the apparent simplicity of walking versus the true challenge of making it happen in a machine.” That’s according to Jessy Grizzle, professor of electrical engineering at the University of Michigan. “Nature endowed us with the ability to walk well, and when machines can’t, it seems very frustrating,” he explained. Yet

BTN LiveBIG: Nebraska research team leads charge to create small surgical robots

Some of humankind’s greatest achievements have been rendered in science fiction before they became science fact. Moonwalks, artificial intelligence, earbuds, electric cars — all were the stuff of someone’s wildest dreams until hard work, ingenuity and perseverance turned them into realities. What’s next? How about small surgical robots that perform practically painless operations on people, along the same lines of the microscopic medical team that heals a patient by traveling into his body in Fantastic Voyage? If miniature versions of R2-D2 wielding teeny scalpels seem far-fetched, think again. At the University of Nebraska, Shane Farritor, alumnus and current professor of