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Love and Robots in Ancient India

New Eureka! episode explores robots in religion, architecture and plant science

We tend to think of robot stories as an invention of modern science fiction.

But Signe Cohen, professor of religious studies, has found many of them in ancient Buddhist and Hindu texts from India. The stories address very current questions about the abuse of power and what it means to be human.

You can hear these ancient robot tales in the latest episode of Eureka!, a podcast about research and discovery at Mizzou.

Also in the show, drop in on the new Architectural Robotics class, where Engineering Professor Marjorie Skubic is melding the field of design with electrical and computer engineering. And hear how a plant scientist and an engineer are speeding crop research using robots.

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