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Emmett McDowell

Robert Emmett McDowell (b. 1914; d. 1975) was an American writer and historian.

He is remembered primarily as a Kentucky historian, but he got his start writing for the pulp magazines. McDowell served in the Merchant Marines during World War II, visiting much of Europe and northern Africa in the process. It was late in the war that McDowell started writing. His first story was bylined with his full name, but after that, and throughout the 1940s and 1950s, he signed his work “Emmett McDowell”, returning to the use of his full name in the 1960s.

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CardioArm - Snakelike Surgical Robot
   The body of this robot will follow exactly the movement of its head through the body.
Anna Konda Robot Spraying Water Video
   Neat video of the Anna Konda firefighting snake robot spraying water; could be effective in mine fires or other closed quarters.
Surgical Robot Bores Into Brain Like Wasp
   Let's hope DARPA doesn't get interested in these brain-boring robots. Not that I'm paranoid.
HyDRAS-Ascent Pole-Climbing Snake Robot Construction Inspector
   This remarkable pole-dancing - I mean, pole-climbing - robot is able to ascend to dangerous places so people don't have to.
Modular Snake Robot's Unique Gaits
   Based on snake movements, they've moved beyond mere biomimicry with an amazing variety of movements.
Scaly Yet Soft Robotic Snake
   Love those robotic sneks.
Robot Snakes On A Plane!
   'in operation it is not unlike the common earthworm.'- Harry Harrison, 1962.
Robot Snake Flies, Fights Fires
   Just a prototype, but shows real promise. is devoted to the creative inventions of science fiction authors and movie makers. Look for the Science Fiction Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary of Science Fiction Inventions, the Timeline of Science Fiction Inventions, or see what's New.
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