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Categories:Get Smart FastCampus Community Published: Oct. 22, 2020 Here’s some CU news you can use: Pufferfish-inspired robots and drone safety, unique risks for youth during COVID-19, the Colorado red-blue gender divide and more. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Pufferfish-inspired robot could improve drone safety What we learned:PufferBot, which takes its inspiration from pufferfish in nature, is a flying drone that comes with its own “airbag.”If the robot gets too close to people or obstacles, that plastic shield can expand, potentially preventing dangerous collisions.The team says such technologies will become more important as drones, and drone crashes, become more ubiquitous in homes and workplaces. Colorado survey shows red-blue gender divide, concerns about Election Day violence What we learned:Among likely Colorado voters, Joe Biden has a 9-point lead over President Donald Trump: 56% of women support Biden, while 33% support Trump. Among men, Trump holds a 4-point lead.John Hickenlooper holds an 8-point lead over Cory Gardner: Among women, Hickenlooper holds a 15-point lead. Among men, the votes are split down the middle.71% of Coloradans surveyed are worried about violence on or after Election Day. Webinar recording available: Unique risks for youth during COVID-19 What we learned:The pandemic hasn’t spared anyone, but there are unique risks for youth.COVID-19 is a reality check for the field of mental health: Allowing oneself to experience a broad range of emotions, including negative emotions, can help a person fare better over time both physically and mentally. The panel was part of a free series about COVID-19 in advance of ScienceWriters2020, the nation’s largest science journalism conference. Watch it now.