20 Oct '11, 3pm

To Fight Oil Spills, An Open-Source Swarm of Robotic Sailboats (Video)

To Fight Oil Spills, An Open-Source Swarm of Robotic Sailboats (Video)

Ask anyone who lives in the Gulf or the Niger Delta: oil spills are very nasty, and they don't clean themselves up. Chemical dispersants can make spills worse . And deploying hundreds of people in boats to run the clean-up presents a host of health hazards. After the BP disaster last year, those challenges led Cesar Harada, a design-and-technology polymath, to another solution: swarms of autonomous sailboat drones armed with sensors, trawling the water for oil. If their designs were open-source, anyone from Nigeria to Louisiana could adopt them as needed. The result is Protei. Named in part for the son of Poseidon, it's an autonomous sailboat that pulls an absorber, mopping up oil slicks without the need for large crews or night time breaks. The boat has been built through a rigorous, iterative, and open hardware process. Last month, Harada and his team were putting the fi...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/10/fight-oil-spills-...

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On Today’s Topic: Should I open a retail shop?

On Today’s Topic: Should I open a retail shop?

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[Open] - EPP Issues

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Photos: pelicans covered in BP oil wins top wildlife photo prize

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news.mongabay.com 20 Oct '11, 4pm

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