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Robots plunge for the environment

Nowadays we have up-to-date data about globally concerning topics; more specifically, about environmental ones.

However, it is still uneasy to perceive harm and deterioration in the sea bottom. For instance, plastic remains have recently been found even in the deepest pit on Earth, the Mariana Trench. For that reason, technology is, indeed, key in the process of discovering environmental issues and finding a solution for them. Therefore, what prevents us from creating a technological device for this task?

With that in mind, Florida Atlantic University (FAU) scientists have come up with a robot inspired by jellyfish. They had the aim to create a flexible one that could resist underwater conditions and, if so, have access to tiny cavities undersea.

Thus, jellyfish was chosen as an inspiration source due to its physical features which made it completely adequate and met all requirements. To begin with, these animals can control the depth they swim in because of a bladder. In addition, their skin tissue makes it easy to create a flexible device. As a result, FAU made five samples with different features – all of them related to jellyfish qualities.

Once the scientific process had finished, the robots were 3D-printed. Each sample had eight tentacles that enabled it to move in any direction. They also include a case that contains battery and microchips, which was also brought to reality with a 3D printer.

In light of the above, marine future is in technologies’ hands, but it also depends on our collaboration. In spite of relying on robots to save the environment, it is our responsibility to take care of our planet. Let us take as an example recycling. All aid is necessary to change something that may not remain here: marine purity.

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