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Analysts are building an eerie, human-sized robot jellyfish with a realistic silicone mantle to patrol the world & rsquo; s oceans. Virginia Tech mechanical engineering teacher Shashank Priya is leading the group, which hopes its invention can be utilized for jobs ranging from military security to cleansing up oil spills and mapping ocean floors, reports Phys.org. The job belongs to a $ 5 million multi-university program moneyed by the United States Naval Undersea Rivalry Center and the Workplace of Naval Research.
The five-foot-seven, 175-pound robot, Cyro, is named after the jellyfish cyanea capillata– plus”ro “as in “robot”– and it & rsquo; s powered by electric motors that pump its 8 mechanical arms up and down. It ends up that the …
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This is a rarely seen Deepstaria enigmatica jellyfish spotted some 5,000-feet below the ocean’s surface by an unmanned sub inspecting a deep-sea drill off the coast of the UK. You’ve just gotta watch it to appreciate how freaky it is. It looks kinda like…there’s a leak in that pipeline somewhere that’s mutating sealife.
Hit the jump for the video. Bonus closeup of its reproductive organs at 5:09. Kidding, I don’t know WTF those were (besides nasty).
Inhabitat’s Week in Green: Tesla’s Roadster 2.5, the world’s smallest electric plane, and solar jellyfish goo
Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week’s most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us — it’s the Week in Green.
From the deep blue seas to the sunny skies, this week novel renewable energy projects lit up the newswires. We watched as the world’s largest wave energy site was installed in the UK, and we were excited to see Europe’s largest wind farm get a major upgrade. We also took a look at several high-flying turbines that could potentially tap 870 terawatts of high-altitude wind energy, and we were shocked to see scientists develop a new type of solar cell made from bioluminescent jellyfish.
We also showcased several soaring advances in green aviation as the Solar Impulse sun-powered airplane rallied for a series of trips across Switzerland and Cri-Cri, the wold’s smallest electric plane, took its inaugural flight. Electric transportation also hit the streets as we took a spin in Tesla’s brand new Roadster 2.5.
In other news, this week we saw the light as Hulger brought their stunningly sculpted Plumen bulbs to market, and we marveled at a fresh new solar panel-inspired clothing line and a photovoltaic roofing system that doesn’t look like a Blade Runner prop. Finally, we celebrated the last days of summer with this awesome solar Ibex cooker that bakes and boils using the power of the sun.
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In December 1968, Douglas C. Engelbart introduced the world to two brand-new computer peripherals of his own invention. The first was the computer mouse — which, as you’re well aware, revolutionized user input two decades later. The second, the chorded keyboard, still has yet to take off outside the Braille community. But after forty years, Doug Engelbart hasn’t given up on the latter device; he recently commissioned an industrial designer, Erik Campbell, to modernize the antiquated keyset into this lovely jellyfish-inspired, five-fingered keyboard replacement. Made of silicon rubber and recycled plastics, the concept peripheral uses pressure-sensitive pads at each fingertip to detect key-presses, turns combinations of presses (the “chords”) into letters and words, and sends them over wireless USB to the host computer. Sure, chorded computing isn’t for everyone (else we’d all be sporting iFrogs and typing gloves), but if this concept ever comes to fruition, we just might be tempted to learn.
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