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By Channel 5 Published: 01 Jul 2016 Audio: English
Science is all around us. From engineering marvels, to cutting-edge technology and innovative systems. The series host, Paul Foster, explores Singapore in search for everyday people working with everyday science who make the Science of Things useful for the rest of us. The Land Transport authority is using a Rectangular Tunnel Boring Machine, or RTBM, in short for the first time in Singapore. It provides an innovative solution to underground construction by reducing manpower by up to 30%. Also, the construction takes place entirely underground, with much less disruption to the public roads just 2-storeys above it We talk to lead engineers of the project, Isabella Yeo and Uttara Koundinya, about the science behind the mechanics, how they overcame engineering challenges and what would happen if their calculations were wrong. In the final segment, we learn about the science behind Autonomous Vehicles or self-drive vehicles. According to the Land Transport Authority, there are plans to roll out self-driving vehicles as shuttle services on public roads in 10 – 15 years’ time. What would it be like sharing the road with robots? Is it safe? How does it even work? Boon Siew and his team of robotics experts have the answers. Catch our new 5-part series “THE SCIENCE OF THINGS”, On The Red Dot, on Friday @ 9.30pm on Channel 5.
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