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Tomorrow's World

Tomorrow's World

Inspiring visitors with award-winning exhibitions and iconic objects and stories

How do today’s scientific discoveries shape tomorrow’s world?

Get the scoop on the most surprising science stories and the biggest breakthroughs in our multimedia science news gallery. Tomorrow’s World brings you science news from every angle — from headline-grabbing gadgets to full-on feature exhibitions on hot topics.

Come engage with cutting-edge science, explore the implications of new technology, and share your thoughts on controversial issues.

On display:

Why are robots hitching rides on animals?

Roboticists often make robots inspired by animals, but this parasitic robot uses the animals themselves. Resting on the shell of its host, the robot 'drives' the terrapin around. The terrapin is trained to follow flashing red lights on the robot, and is rewarded with food when it obeys.

Creating robots that can navigate through natural environments is challenging. Instead, scientists made use of the natural abilities of the terrapin, and designed a robot to control it. They hope animal-robot hybrids will boldly go where today's conventional robots can't.

Can this vest help astronauts get to Mars?

The AstroRad radiation shield is designed for astronauts in deep space. It protects their vital organs from deadly solar radiation, which can cause cancers and other diseases. 

When astronauts fly more than 2000 km away from the Earth, far beyond the orbit of the International Space Station and into deep space, they face dangerously high levels of radiation. 

If humans are ever to walk on Mars, astronauts will need protection like the AstroRad. It will be tested in 2019 as part of the Orion mission to send humans to Mars.

Can this squeezy sleeve help hearts beat?

This soft robotic sleeve could help weakened hearts to beat. People with severe heart failure often rely on mechanical devices implanted into the heart to help it pump blood around their body. 

This new heart sleeve sits outside the heart, so it doesn’t cause the complications that can arise with mechanical devices, such as clotting and strokes. 

Powered by an air pump, it contracts and relaxes just like heart muscle. The robotic sleeve fits around the heart like a glove and squeezes it in sync with the heartbeat.

Can this 'boulder' help us study underwater avalanches?

When a huge underwater avalanche occurred off the coast of California in January 2017, scientists got their first real understanding of how sand and mud flows across the ocean floor. 

This smart boulder is the first scientific equipment to withstand the pressure and movement at the base of an underwater avalanche, and reveal what actually happens deep below the ocean surface. It records data as the avalanche drags it along with the shifting sand and mud. Scientists use this information to better understand the movement of ocean currents.

What else is on?

The Science Museum's Tomorrow's World gallery is part of a broader initiative that lives online, on screen and in the real world. Discover more science stories at bbc.co.uk/tomorrowsworld

TOMORROW’S WORLD is a trade mark of the British Broadcasting Corporation and is used under licence.

Floor:  G

Location: Wellcome Wing

Price: Free

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