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These smart mini-robots could soon clean and inspect pipes

Regular inspections of pipes transporting water, sewage and gas costs the UK £5.5bn each year. Image: Unsplash/Luis Tosta

Mischa Dijkstra
Science Writer, Frontiers
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Multiple images showing the Joey robot navigating pipe networks.
Top half: navigating through a T-junction in the pipe network. Bottom half: encountering an obstruction and turning back. Image: TL Nguyen, A Blight, A Pickering, A Barber, GH Jackson-Mills, JH Boyle, R Richardson, M Dogar, N Cohen
Multiple images showing the Joey robot navigating pipe networks, with obstacles and different terrain.
Top half: moving through sand, slippery goo, or mud. Bottom half: moving through pipe sloped at an angle. Image: TL Nguyen, A Blight, A Pickering, A Barber, GH Jackson-Mills, JH Boyle, R Richardson, M Dogar, N Cohen
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