17 Apr '13, 12pm

Coral-fixing robots need a Kickstart

Coral-fixing robots need a Kickstart

Last August we wrote about a project from Heriot-Watt University where coralbots -- underwater robots programmed with the task to repair damaged coral -- were being developed. The initiative included a plan for swarms of these robots to be deployed to sites where bottom-trawling fishing or major storms had left coral vulnerable. Now, that project has landed on Kickstarter and you can help fund this important technology. The University says on their Kickstarter page : Coral reefs support over 500 million people across the globe. But reefs are being damaged on a global scale by storms, destructive fishing, ship groundings and careless tourists. It can take many years to decades for them to heal. We can speed up the process by using scuba divers that re-attach healthy pieces of coral back onto the reef... But this is very time consuming and mostly conducted by volunteers. Als...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/help-build-cor...

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