What Drones Did for the Sky, Robot Subs Are About to Do for the Sea

The next drone revolution is happening underwater. Just as flying drones have changed from expensive specialist tools to mass-market million-sellers in a few short years, their aquatic counterparts are opening up the seas.

Unmanned submarines, known as Remotely Operated Vehicles, can regularly be seen on television exploring sunken cities or looking for crashed aircraft.

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Luigi The PoopBot Wants To Know What You’re Ingesting

Over the last few years, scientists have turned to a new source to discover statistics about everything from diet to drug usage: your poop. Taking samples from sewers is a fantastic way to find out more about a population, bypassing the difficulty of getting people to answer surveys and peeling back the layers of stigma that prevents people from being honest about their habits.

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Did a Solar-Powered Autonomous Boat Just Cross the Pacific Ocean?

I struggle to descend the stairs leading to the sandy beach at Half Moon Bay, California, awkwardly hefting the 60-pound solar-powered boat SeaCharger atop my shoulder. Amid the numerous “what-the-heck-is-that?!” stares of the beachgoers, I perform some last-minute checks of the boat’s propeller and rudder and then wade out into the knee-high surf and push SeaCharger as hard as I can towards the oncoming waves.

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3D printing could save our coral reefs – 3D Printing Industry

Most of the environmental changes in the present times are taking the earth closer to the loss of biodiversity. Environmentalists are worried that the vast coral reefs under the ocean are subject to risk of extinction in the coming years.

Hence, any program undertaken to make the massive situations surrounding the rapidly degrading coral reefs is welcome by environmentalists and marine biologists.

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Researchers are building a robotic Lionfish exterminator

Sometimes, building a killer robot is just the right thing to do. Well, at least when those robots are being used to cull invasive species.

Researchers at Robots In Service of the Environment (RISE) are developing a robot to fight an invasive population of Lionfish that’s threatening ecosystems off the coast of Florida as well as in the Caribbean and Bermuda.

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