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How A Partial Nuclear Meltdown Expanded The Field Of Robotics

The partial meltdown of one of Three Mile Island’s nuclear reactors 40 years ago left areas of the Pennsylvania facility highly radioactive. Along came a group of young researchers who had an idea to send robots in to help fix the damage. Amy Sisk( @amyrsisk) from member station WESA reports that their work helped expand the then-fledgling field of robotics.

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Amy Sisk covers energy for WESA and StateImpact Pennsylvania, a public media collaboration focused on energy. She moved to Pennsylvania in 2017 from another energy-rich state, North Dakota, where she often reported from coal mines, wind farms and the oil patch. While there, she worked for NPR member station Prairie Public Broadcasting and the Inside Energy public media collaboration. She spent eight months following the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy, her work frequently airing on NPR and other outlets. Amy loves traveling to rural communities -- she visited 217 small towns on the Dakota prairie -- and also covers rural issues here in southwestern Pennsylvania.